The national U-20 goalie Emmanuel Deanneh, who made his national team debut, losing 2-0 to their Guinean counterpart in the 2017 Africa Under-20 Qualifiers last Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium has refused to allow the loss to dampen his career and has vowed to make a difference.
The Nimba United goalkeeper said he is not bothered by the two goals he conceded and expressed optimism that the future still looks bright for him.
Deanneh made his first national team appearance following the Caf Champions League experience with Liberia Football Association First Division Champions Nimba United matches against Union Duala of Cameroon.
“I’m glad that I made the team. It was a difficult experience, but the future looks bright. I am not worried at all. Its football and anything can happen. We played well but at the same time we made some mistakes and we are preparing well for the return leg,” he said.
The former White Tiger goal custodian believes that he will work harder to keep his place in the team. “My focus is to work harder and keep my place in the team, I know it would be a difficult task, but I will get there. When I joined Nimba United it was difficult to climb the steps, many people overlooked my ability, but I proved my quality. I’m starting with U-20, I am can see myself even in the goal for the national team,” Deanneh added.
Deanneh also wants to grow in the ranks before being called to national team duty. “I know many young players like me want to be at the top so quick. But I think I have to pass through the ranks before ascending to the National Team when I’m mentally fit,” Deanneh added.