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2014 World Cup: Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda thanks critics for his improved form

Published on: 22 June 2014
Fatawu Dauda excelled on his World Cup debut against Germany

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda believes he has profited immensely from the massive criticisms received for his lack of regular games at club level.

The 28-year-old excelled on his World Cup debut for the Black Stars where he helped the side to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany on Saturday.

Many relegated Dauda to play second fiddle to Adam Kwarasey going into the 2014 World Cup due to his struggles at club level where he made just three appearances for Orlando Pirates all-season-long.

But the ex AshantiGold shot-stopper made a strong case for a starting role with the Black Stars after coming up with vital saves in the draw with Germany having been dropped for Ghana's opening defeat to the United States.

Dauda now says the heap of bashing received in recent times over his lack of sharpness due to lacking regular first team action at his club has helped him.

“The criticisms sometimes help, it makes you know that you are not there yet or not perfect and therefore it motivates me to work harder,” he told

“In football, when you are not playing regularly, it doesn't mean you are a bad player.

“Holland for instance have two goalkeepers at this World Cup - one at Newcastle and the other at Swansea - but at the end of the day only one will get the chance to keep.

“It doesn't mean the others are not good.”


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 22, 2014 10:38 pm
    Dauda is the best we Hv.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 22, 2014 07:37 pm
    Improvement is relativist in nature. Kwarasey conceded 2 and Dauda also conceded 2. Kwarasey played with a complacent defense, Dauda played with an alert and determined defense because he could have conceded 6 if it was not for Boye, Mensah and Asamoah. So he should not think he has arrived.
  • Goody says:
    June 22, 2014 07:42 pm
    What form ....... Your aerial presence still a suspect .The only thing I love about you is that you command the back by shouting on our central defenders to be on their toes,
  • Alexander says:
    June 22, 2014 07:46 pm
    I agree with you, Kwabena. Dauda's performance was below par and the two goals he conceded could have been save, if he was any good, especially the second goal. The coach made a blunder choosing him over Kwarasey.
  • Alexander Kessie says:
    June 22, 2014 07:53 pm
    I agree with you 100%. Dauda wasnt that good and he is to blame for the 2nd goal. Any good goalkeeper would have step up to intercept the ball before it reached the German player who scored, instead of moving back into the post. His reflex was terrible.
  • Yaw says:
    June 22, 2014 07:53 pm
    @ Kwabena Well written, very well written. My gut feeling tells me there is a conspiracy in creating a reputation of "comfort" around Fatau Dauda, to the omission of Kwarasey as the leading goalkeeper of our Black Stars, & its very, very unfair. Efforts to do everything to re-instate Fatau Dauda as the nr. 1 keeper has been on-going for so long. WHAT EXTRA FEATS DID FATAU DAUDA DISPLAY YESTERDAY WHICH SURPASSES THAT DISPLAYED BY KWARASEY??? Its a shame! J
  • Kofi says:
    June 22, 2014 08:08 pm
    Ghana will not make it.
  • kwabena says:
    June 22, 2014 08:42 pm
  • Kidcarson says:
    June 22, 2014 09:06 pm
    This website is always biased,u used just a game to determine a keeper is in form?be positive ghanasoccernet
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 22, 2014 09:25 pm
    He should have cone out for that second goal. Foolish boy just standing on the line. Kwarasey is number 1. Reason why the played fatu only God knows
  • Bobby says:
    June 22, 2014 09:52 pm
    Shameless ppl, still lion go nd sleep, fatau dauda noooo size!! Dnt try dauda
  • Asante says:
    June 22, 2014 09:55 pm
    Awwww , can't u ppl have eyes ? Wat is written is written, leave dauda alone dis is his time, let's appreciate wat we got than to destroy