Black Starlets goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim has played down calls to hand him a place in the senior national team, the Black Stars.
According to the 14-year-old, though he is doing well, he will be punching too much above his weight should he be thrown to compete at that level.
“I will plead with Ghanaians to exercise some patience for me. I’m too young, it’s only an exposure I’ve had. I have more to learn.
“I’ve had chance to learn from experienced national team goalkeepers like Felix Annan, Ernest Sowah, Isaac Amoako and Ofori Antwi at Kotoko. I learnt a lot from them and I think that has helped me,” Danlad told starrsportsgh.com’s Alexander Anyankwaa.
The Sunyani-born believes he has more to learn and needs not to be rushed in his development.
“For now, I won’t say I’m not ready when given the chance but I think I need some time to work and learn more to get to be ripe for that level maybe in three years’ time,” he noted.
Danlad had not conceded a goal until the grand finale of the Under-17 Afcon where Ghana lost 1-0 to Mali last Sunday. He saved two penalties on the night and it had to take a rebound from one of them to seem him concede goal.
Starlets coach Paa Kwasi Fabin also supports the young Kotoko shot-stopper’s sentiments.
He told starrsportsgh: “It is too early for him. He is now learning; he needs more time to learn the art and train more. Maybe he will be ripe for the Under-20 but not Black Stars. He is a very good goalkeeper and we have so much hope for his future.”
The silver-winning Black Starlets returned home on Tuesday. They were treated to a rousing welcome by GFA officials and a good number of supporters at the Kotoka Airport.
By Alexander Anyankwaa