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Ex-Ghana FA boss Jawula backs Kwarasey's bid to be No.1 for World Cup

Published on: 14 April 2014
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By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana FA boss MND Jawula has backed Adam Kwarasey to be the country’s number goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup, claiming veteran Richard Kingson cannot deal with powerful strikes from Portuguese super star Cristiano Ronaldo while admonishing 'nobody will hand over his life into the hands of an inactive pilot'. 

With barely two months left for the biggest football fiesta on planet earth, the race for a place in Kwesi Appiah’s final 23-man squad has intensified with massive campaigns to have certain players included in the team.

The goalkeeping department will be fiercely contested with Adam Kwarasey and Fatau Dauda the notable faces keenly engaged in a fight for the number one position.

The likes of Richard Kingson, Daniel Agyei and CHAN hero Stephen Adams, George Owu as well as Spain-based Razak Brimah are all lurking around for a potential inclusion into the team.

But former Ghana FA Chairman MND Jawula believes Stromgodest captain Adam Kwarasey stands tall among his compatriots and should be given the nod, claiming Turkish-based veteran goalie Richard Kingson and Dauda are simply not good enough to man the post.

"I’m not quite sure Richard Kingson can handle shots from [Cristiano] Ronaldo, he may be playing actively for a second-tier side but I don't think he needs a call-up,” Jawula said on GTV’s Sunday Night Show.

“We have good goalkeepers but I will choose Adam Kwarasey over Fatau Dauda and the rest.

"He was the best goalkeeper for his team last season and he is also playing actively week in and out.

“I’m sure nobody will hand over his life into the hands of an inactive pilot.

“I went to commission a match in South Africa involving Orlando Pirates but he [Dauda] was not part of the team so I looked for him only to find him in the stands watching the game. I felt very sorry for him.

“The goalkeepers to be selected will be Adam Kwarasey as the first-choice followed by Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams. Stephen was very good at the just ended CHAN tournament in South Africa.”

Dauda, who plays for South African side Orlando Pirates, must start getting regular playing time if he wants to remain Ghana’s number one at the global piece in Brazil.

He has been restricted to the substitute bench as pressure heaps on him to break into the starting line-up while his competitor Kwarasey has been in consistent form for the Norwegian champions.

The Africans are drawn in group G alongside 'old friends' USA and Germany as well as Portugal which has reigning World best Player Cristiano Ronaldo in their fold.


This article has 24 comment(s), give your comment
  • Papadinho says:
    April 14, 2014 07:17 pm
    @sticky straw: your mother!!! Dauda will not and can not keep at the world cup. Kwasia! Kwarasey is way much better than this juju using keeper. Bless
  • sticky straw says:
    April 14, 2014 05:39 pm
    I still believe fatau dauda can make wonders, he is more wild in the poles than kwarasay . He can easily overcome all the goalkeepers at the training section trust me ,ghanaians paaa u soon forgotten how kwarasay famble with the eariel balls during afcon in Gabon ?
  • Kwabena says:
    April 14, 2014 03:56 pm
    Actually you cannot hear from here but read!
  • boro says:
    April 14, 2014 03:16 pm
    I am so happy! I cannot think of any better response that this, when some people choose to be so stupid by supporting so blindly. Thank you spellBOUND!
  • abia says:
    April 14, 2014 02:55 pm
    Guys, mi think inputs without insult is better than one with insult. Then someone 'll definitely hear u but, how can u insult mi n xpect mi to hear u. Pls lets take away insult tnx for ur understanding. Shalom
  • wee ba says:
    April 14, 2014 01:39 pm
    dauda is finished
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 14, 2014 01:34 pm
  • benito says:
    April 14, 2014 01:35 pm
    ya bre mo ooooo ton,specialist in interference...enemy of progress.we have moved as a football nation,no backwardness.
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 14, 2014 01:25 pm
    look at this swagga comedian smh!
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 14, 2014 01:31 pm
    hahaha. damn swagger.... funny insults though..... this is the problem with ghanians.. "why if is part of your family member"??????????? what kind of a stupid question is that?? please stop that ignorance.. this is not a family matter. the benefit of the many outweighs the needs of the few... so a keeper "in the stands watching the game" should start jeopardizing the hopes of an entire nation because he's your family member????
  • j. white says:
    April 14, 2014 01:22 pm
    And what is so special about Dauda? Don't talk about experience because he is no more experienced than any of the goalkeepers we have. Was he not in goal when we placed 4th at 2013 AFCON? When we placed 4th in the 2012 edition with Kwarasey the likes of you nearly crucified him. We need goalkeepers who are playing actively. Only jokers would think of taking inactive goalkeepers to the world cup. Dauda should not even be included in the squad at all, as he does not merit any space in the team, given his current form. How on earth can a goalkeeper who warms the bench of a mediocre club like Orlando Pirates play ahead of any of our active goalkeepers? Orlando Pirates may be richer than some of the clubs we have in Ghana, but they are not better than the top 5 clubs in Ghana league! So if anything at all, the coach should rather consider the goalkeepers who are presently doing well in our league alongside Kwarasey. Dauda is a big NO! He shouldn't even make the squad, but I know Kwasia Appiah and his cronies will find their own way to smuggle him in there.
  • benito says:
    April 14, 2014 01:08 pm
    Still don't believe any one should get high blood pressure over which player to be our number 1,let's allow the technical team to do their work for goodness sake!! With all due respect to Mr. jawula ,the days of the FA members interfering with selection of players are over,we now are growing and being more time you failed miserably because of interference with coaches.we are longer in your era so please zip it,we tired of you guys!!!!
  • Papadinho says:
    April 14, 2014 10:27 am
    Spot on!!! We mean business, we are not going there to play with juju so dauda can stay home. Kwarasey is that dude!! Bless
  • rasnick says:
    April 14, 2014 10:51 am
    it will be extremely stupid not 2 give the no.1 spot 2 kwarasey.the young Adams should get the nod 4 the no.2, duada 4 me should be left out of the team.only inform players playing regularly should be considered.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 14, 2014 10:55 am
    Only time will tell who gets to be first choice but if i have to pick now it will surely be kwarasey.
  • access says:
    April 14, 2014 11:10 am
    The man is right Kwarasey will be Ghana number one goal keeper.Stephen Adams and Brimah should be his back up..Olele is not good anymore Dauda is a bench warmer period
  • benny says:
    April 14, 2014 11:15 am
    No serious national team will be dis cussing Dauda, John Mensah, Anthony Annan etc inclusion in the national team. Even Essien will be lucky. This is a simple logic.Dauda"s inactivities in competition will definitely affect his sharpness.
  • Kwabena says:
    April 14, 2014 11:33 am
    I listened to Jawula on GTV and was so grateful when he made that point. I am still struggling to understand why AA cannot be decisive whose Ghana's first choice goalkeeper is. Does that mean form does not matter anymore? In this 'status quo' I will even put Stephen Adams ahead of Fatau Dauda if the BS management team will be truthful for ones. You see, this kind of not telling the truth, selfishness and greediness attitude has eaten into our everything such that a country God has endowed us with gold, diamond, bauxite, iron, manganese, timber, human resources and now “black gold” we are still struggling to even provide the simple basic necessities (food, clothing and shelter) to our people.
  • 21guns says:
    April 14, 2014 11:38 am
    I support the idea of making him our number one goalkeeper for now, he is a world class and he is good in one on one situations...
  • swagger says:
    April 14, 2014 12:15 pm
    abe live dauda alone
  • swagger says:
    April 14, 2014 12:13 pm
    Papadinho u dey talk toomuch weather u like it or not dauda is the number1 is good than all the keepers is gonna prove u peaople wrong i promise u trust me is still inform why u dont talk about the rest of the players only him why if is part of your family member will u be complaining like dat abeg live dauda alone suck your mother Papadinho again suck your mother go die
  • Mumbi says:
    April 14, 2014 12:14 pm
    Whoever u put in your goal posts doesn't matter. Ronaldo and his teamates Will put 6 goals in your net.
  • Yuri says:
    April 14, 2014 12:54 pm
    MND jawula u er perfectly right....kwarassey has it one will hand his life into inactive pilot..........say it as it is kwarassey shd be our no.1.....those who have ears let them hear........
  • Yuri says:
    April 14, 2014 12:54 pm
    MND jawula u er perfectly 'mright....kwarassey has it one will hand his life into inactive pilot..........say it as it is kwarassey shd be our no.1.....those who have ears let them hear........