Burkina Faso's captain retires from national team duty

Burkina Faso defender Mahamadou Kere
Kere will continue to his club career after quitting international duty

Mahamadou Kere has retired from international football after Burkina Faso's elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Stallions finished bottom of Group B after losing all three group matches to Angola, Ivory Coast and Sudan.

"I'm finishing with the national team but I'll continue with my club," Kere said after the squad returned to Ouagadougou.

"I want to leave room for the new generation that wants to prove itself."

The 30-year old had captained Burkina Faso since 2004 and currently plays for Turkish club Konyaspor.

The Burkinabe finished last in their group in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, after a 2-1 opening loss to Angola, followed by a 2-0 defeat by Ivory Coast, and a 2-1 loss to Sudan.

Despite the disappointment of their showing, Kere said the country's players would not be issuing an apology to their fans.

"If we apologise, it's like we did it on purpose," said the defender.

"We gave everything we could on the pitch, but that's destiny.

"But I believe in God and we have young players who can still fight to the end in the competitions to come."

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