2014 World Cup: Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda ready despite less playing time

Published on: 4 years ago
2014 World Cup: Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda ready despite less playing time
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda ready despite less playing time

Orlando Pirates and Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda says he is ready to represent his country at the upcoming Soccer World Cup in Brazil next month. 

The 29-year-old goal minder remained optimistic that despite his lack of regular game time, nothing will prevent him from helping the Black Stars emulate their heroics from South Africa four years ago.

The Black Stars narrowly missed out on a chance to reach the semi-finals of the tournament in 2010 when they lost to Uruguay, 4-2, on penalties after a 1-all draw at the FNB Stadium.

Sulley Muntari was on target for Ghana that night as Diego Forlan grabbed an equaliser for the South American giants.

Speaking exclusively to Sport24 on Monday, Dauda revealed that he does not need regular game time to be ready for the global spectacle as he promised the African continent that he will rise to the occasion.

"I'm ready for the World Cup," Dauda said.

"I have been training with my team every day.

"Although I didn't play as much as I would have liked but I don't need match games to be ready for the World Cup.

"I want to represent my country.

"Even my Pirates team-mates are supportive with regards to this.

Ghana have been drawn in a tough Group G pool with the likes of Portugal, Germany and the USA, but the Buccaneers shot stopper believed his team-mates will give their opponents a run for their money.

“To be the best you must beat the best.

“We might be in a tough group but we will be motivated by what we did in South Africa in 2010.

“We are not under pressure at all and we are confident that we will make it.

Dauda concluded by stating that when Ghana face Portugal, his team-mates will not be focusing solely on keeping the Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, at bay.

“Football is based on team work not individual work.

“We can’t focus only on him (Ronaldo) because he is their key player.

“We will give all players the same treatment like we should,” added Dauda. The Black Stars will open their 2014 campaign against the USA at the Arena Das Dunas stadium.

The two sides clashed in the Last 16 in South Africa as Ghana walked away 2-1 victors after extra-time.

Kevin Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan scored for Milovan Rajovac’s charges, while London Donovan found the net for the USA.

This encounter is scheduled for June 17.


  • Assemblyman
    says: 4 years ago
    Mr.Man am sorry you are just ready for the bench with your less playing time.Do you think we are going to joke over there? Don't count on your juju wai.Juju doesn't travel but become less potent when it crosses waters like rivers,seas or even streams unto another territory .else you would have been able to "uproot" Senzo ,who is no where near the bandana Bafana 3 choices goalkeepers from the pirates goal.Even when the club made changes of coaches 3 times. Brimah should have been there with all honesty.but if your bribe got you picked ahead of him,massa,ko na ko bo bench wo Brazil cool..and stop your lousy noise all because Ameenu gives you the platform on GSN over your small coins he takes.. I hope someone will advise KWARASEY to urinate on fatau's gloves and inside his boots.just to anul the juju he takes to camp to daze KWARASEY..we know everything wai from A to Z..
  • navy seal USA
    says: 4 years ago
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  • EO
    says: 4 years ago
    Kwarasey is the Man, Dauda stop making noise and warm the bench
  • Papadinho
    says: 4 years ago
    eeh dude, you are not ready!! I hope AA use him against Holland then we all can see how bad and rusty this dude is. They will score us like never before. Kwarasey is the man and please don't juju him for us cause we need him. Bless
  • Papadinho
    says: 4 years ago
    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Kwarasey wil surely do that but then with prayers. Juju dauda is a flop!! Bless
  • Paul
    says: 4 years ago
    If Dauda himself happened to be the coach of the BS, i don't think he would field a bench keeper as his number one. I don't really believe any of the qualified teams will put a bench warming keeper in their goal post. Therefore, dauda should lift up his game and stop that over confidence talk. That Ameenu shadow guy has been doing all the unnecessary bias publicity for dauda but he doesn't know he doing more harm than good to the nation. Its like prescribing paracetamol tablets for stomach ulcer patient. Kwarasey will be in post period!
  • spellBOUND
    says: 4 years ago
    aba dauda, let our ears rest... no need to convince us of your readiness.. rather convince yourself.
  • Kofi
    says: 4 years ago
    Which errors did Dauda cost us a match?? Why hating your first choice keeper.Dauda never mind them, most of us knows you're the best we Hv.
  • OGYA
    says: 4 years ago
    Send Dauda to exile in the North so we don't have to hear from him again.
  • African Consciousness
    says: 4 years ago
    Kwarasey won the Norwegian championship with Stromsgodset FC, the starting eleven must be made up of Champions, like Kwarasey, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, Harrison Afful, Rashid Sumaila. Next should be players who feature for their Clubs and play 90 minutes on a regular basis, like Jonathan Mensah, Andre Ayew, Kevin Prince Boateng, Afriyie Acquah, Majeed Waris, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Sulley Muntari, Jerry Akaminko, Emmnuel Agyeman Badu, Jeffrey Schlupp, to name a few. Coach Appiah must have all the players pass a simple fitness test. All players must be able to run 2 100 meter dashes in under 14 seconds. 2 200 meter dashes in under 26 seconds and 2 400 meters in under 58 seconds. 100's of push ups, 100's of sit ups, 100's of squat jumps. Players must pass a skills test, dribbling test and a passing test. players must be graded on all aspects of the game during camp by the coaching and technical staff and only the players with the highest grade combined with their performance during friendly games with the Netherlands and South Korea should make the final 26. Practice your penalty kicks. Coach Appiah must have a penalty shootout contest to cool down after every practice. Have the assistant coach make note of the best consistent shooters from every contest and have those players be your penalty takers during the tournament. There must be a science and a principle to every activity so there is less guess work, name recognition and favoritism. This way only the fittest and the most skilled get to represent the team.