Exclusive: The former Asante Kotoko goalkeeper says he is looking forward to don the Ghana national team colours
Dreams FC goalkeeper Owusu Banahene has revealed he is waiting for an opportunity to return to Europe after playing in several youth tournaments, and says he will welcome an invitation to join Ghana U20 team and the Black Stars in the future.
The 18-year-old has garnered a lot of experience following his stints with Ghana champions Asante Kotoko on the local scene, before travelling to Togo for a short-term loan deal with Maranatha FC. He believes he is ready for a new challenge.
“I'm ready to play for Ghana at the junior level now, and hopefully seize the Black Stars post in few years,” Banahene told Goal.
“The experience I have gathered cannot be quantified, even at my tender age. I've played in three different countries, excluding Ghana, because it was my dream to amass different styles of keeping the post from elsewhere.
“Currently, I'm with Dreams FC, and the aim is to qualify to the top-flight league after taking a commanding lead on the log; but it's my dream to play for the Ghana U20 now, and progress through the ranks to the senior team in future,” he said.
Banahene joined Kotoko at age 14 before having trials with FC AK in South Africa and Aparacidens in Brazil but he insists his mental toughness helps him to surmount every obstacles in his way.
“I'm someone with a tough skin and a big heart. I've played on three continents in almost five years as part of my developmental proces,s but with determination. It is my hope to play in Europe and specifically in the Uefa Champions League, and also with Ghana on big platforms,” he added.
Ghana participated in the 2015 Fifa World U20 tournament held in New Zealand but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Mali, who went on to finish as third-placed team. Head coach Sellas Tetteh is expected to invite new players ahead of the 2017 African Youth Tournament qualifiers.