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2014 World Cup: Fatau Dauda shows no sign of rust after excelling against Germany

Published on: 25 June 2014
Fatau Dauda

There was finally some profile for South Africa at the Fifa World Cup at the weekend as Orlando Pirates reserve goalkeeper Fatau Dauda got to play and Mamelodi Sundowns' new signing Ejike Uzoenyi featured for Nigeria.

Former national team coach Carlos Queiroz also nearly masterminded one of the shocks of the tournament.

Dauda got the nod ahead of Norway-based Adam Kwarasey in goal for Ghana, who put up a heroic showing against mighty Germany but let a lead slip to draw 2-2 and are now on the brink of elimination.

Dauda had little chance with either goal for Germany, the first from Mario Goetze and the second from Miroslav Klose.

There were little signs of nerves from a rusty Dauda after spending almost all the season on the bench with the Buccaneers.

He came off his line early to make a good save from Mesit Ozil and stopped an effort from Sami Khedira.

Later, Uzoenyi came off for the final 15 minutes to help Nigeria defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina and put one foot in the second round.

Uzoenyi was a late call-up into the Super Eagles squad for the tournament and having missed out in the opening 0-0 draw with Iran, he got a run.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Schywee says:
    June 25, 2014 04:21 pm
    Its so sad that not only do politicians take the average citizen as fools but that even media now sees us as lacking the ability to see through their stupidity. GSN has become a propaganda website . Why is it necessary to rewrite this story over and over again under different titles. If its not in another story then its a story on its own. Stop the idiocy it makes you look cheap. This is nothing but propaganda for a payola footballer.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 25, 2014 11:30 am
    It is not good enough to perform well individually as a goalkeeper, Dauda and Kwarasey must organize their defense. There have been too many instances were defenders have been caught ball-watching and since the goalkeeper can see the whole back line they need to alert their players to open attackers that need to be covered and defended especially on set pieces.
  • Codjoe says:
    June 25, 2014 02:25 pm
    I have been the one saying y is dauda Playing for ghana. It should be kwarasey, but i have 2 be honest. Dauda played very well against germany he deserves to stay in goal. But we need to fix the defense, gotze should not be scoring headers
  • benny says:
    June 25, 2014 03:08 pm
    If that performance shows no sign of rust,l love to see his rusty performance.useless propaganda.
  • Cookes says:
    June 25, 2014 03:16 pm
    Dauda made no attempt to stop the first goal and could have attempted to intercept the flick on header that Klose tapped in for the second goal. When it is all said and done Dauda conceded 2 goals just like Kwarasey. Why is GSN trying so hard to be the PR machine for Dauda? Is there a vested interest here? Foreign scouts are not fools. Like any objective person, they can see that Dauda is a very good shot stopper but weak in other aspects of goalkeeping. Having said that I support whoever is in goal for Ghana.
  • woodini says:
    June 25, 2014 09:36 pm
    To be honest, Dauda did not make any spectacular saves against Germany. Can anyone tell me what crucial saves did Dauda make. All the balls that he grabbed are dead balls. He was only aggressive in the post jumping and hovering around. That does not make someone a good keeper. Amyway, why didn't he tell KASA to guard the far post during the corner kick that resulted in the second goal?