Abubakari Damba unhappy with the neglect of goalkeepers in football formations
By Ameenu Shardow
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Ex Ghana international Abubakari Damba is unhappy with the apparent neglect of the role of goalkeepers in systems and formations of coaches and officials.
There are famous mentions of various formation variations by coaches, officials and journalist during matches.
The role of goalkeepers are usually missing in formations like the 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-1-2 and the like.
And the ex Ghana goalkeeper noted this ‘major omission’ in mentions of formations and systems after sitting through a lecture of Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld who is currently in the country.
“He [Hitzfeld] is was always talking about formations 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and so on so the question I had wanted to ask his is what about the goalkeeper?” Damba noted.
“I think it is about time a lot of prominence is given to the goalkeeping role.
“For me it is the most important role in a formation because we, goalkeepers, win competitions.
“So when talking of formations, the goalkeeper has to be recognized like 1-4-4-2 or whatever.”