Sports News of Thu, 19 Oct 201729
Meet Ghana’s Ibrahim Danlad, the youngest player at the U-17 World Cup
Ghana Black Starlets goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad has been the center of attraction at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup after conceding just one goal in four games, making him the only shot stopper with the cleanest sheet at the moment.
The most fascinating aspect of Danlad’s presence in the tourney is that, he is the youngest player at this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, aged 14 years.
With such great potential at this age, Danlad can become one of Ghana’s safest pair of hands to hopefully keep the goal post for the senior national team, the Black Stars, if he is nurtured in the right process.
Currently, Danlad is a juvenile team shot stopper for Ghanaian football giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko, the team renowned for unearthing a number of stars for Ghana when it matters most.
If you think what you’ve read so far is just the usual hype aimed at getting clubs to throw in more money for the young boy from the Northern part of Ghana, then think again for you are wrong.
Let me throw you back to more stats at the U-17 African Cup of Nations where Ghana picked the silver cup after losing the final to Mali.
Against all odds, when the Starlets played Cameroon, Guinea and host Gabon in the group stages, Danlad denied any ball from entering his post in all three games. Eventually, Ghana topped the group with seven points, nine goals, winning two and drawing one.
For his immense and blistering performance at the U-17 AFCON he was awarded with the ‘Golden Gloves’.
The goalkeeper has now set his sights on a similar accolade at the World Cup and if he keeps the post safe for Ghana when they face Mali, the defending Champions of the U-17 AFCON, hopefully he will achieve his target.
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