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Ex-Ghana goalie Damba fears Stephen Adams could fall under burden of expectation

Published on: 25 February 2014
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By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana goalkeeper Abubakar Damba fears Stephen Adams could crumble under the weight of expectations after he was named in the country’s squad to face Montenegro in a pre- World Cup international friendly next month.

The Aduana Stars custodian has been hugely rewarded after his exploits at the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa.

Adams must now improve his stock to convince coach Kwesi Appiah of his capabilities to gatecrash the World Cup squad.

However former Hearts goalkeepers’ trainer,  Abubakar Damba, who has been skeptical about ‘rushing’ the shot-stopper into the team, fears the burden of expectations on him could prove disastrous.

“You know from past experiences we have to be cautious in rushing these players into the team,” he told Happy FM

“There have been many instances where the careers of such players have been short-lived because they made one or two mistakes and that cost them their positions.

“Adams without doubt is a fine goalkeeper. He all saw his performance in South Africa but I will expect a gradual introduction into the team.

“The level of expectation on him is now very high. And this is where we must be careful.

“It’s an opportunity that he must grab with his two hands. However I expect Kwarasey to be in post before Adams is introduced against Montenegro.

“That way he will study the game and build his confidence. We just have to wait and see how he will even respond to the crowd and all that.

“For me the weight of expectation on him and how he will be able to handle that is what I will be looking out for.”

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is still searching for a third choice goalkeeper after trying Daniel Agyei, Razak Brimah and the experienced Richard Kingson.

Adams was adjudged best goalkeeper in the Ghanaian top-flight four years ago when he helped his side win the Ghana Premier League.

He was named in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals but failed to make the final cut of 23 players picked by then coach Milovan Rajavac.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Pinkus says:
    February 26, 2014 12:33 pm
    So no member of the bronze winning under 20 team in Ghana's world cup squad? How did Dede and Agyeman Badu get to where they are now? This is why sometimes we miss white coaches. How on earth is Jordan given a chance over Assifuah? I just don't get is. Inter Milan's Kpogba is an under 20 yet is among the French national team strikers. Surprisingly Assifuah who did better than Kpogba cannot get a call up into the Black Stars national team. Please give a call to Assifuah in the next friendly match.
  • Carrthersman says:
    February 25, 2014 11:02 am
    Damba, were u not playing for a local team in Ghana when u played for black stars? was not Fatau Dauda also playing for Ashgold when he was the number one in Afcon 2013? please Damba, leave Stephen Adams alone, if Dauda can do it, then Adams can also do it, may be he can even do it better than the one that has given u bribe to advocate for, so if u don't have nothing sensible to say, please just zip it. Thank u.
  • kofi sarsa says:
    February 25, 2014 01:23 pm
    Its funny how Damba continue to make mockery of himself. He is behaving as though he is still active and Adams seem to pose a threat to him. If he doesn't know he must be told that Adams earned a national call up before Dauda so if he says Adams is inexperience he should come again. And whoever is paying him to do this kind of P.R. Against Stephen Adams has failed because we've all seen what he is capable of and I also believe coach Akwesi Appiah and his team knows better and have the final say as to who makes it into the team. For the record Adams is the only goalkeeper who conceded ten(10) goal to win the Ghana premier league. He Damba in his prime conceded 6 goals against Germany in a friendly match. Damba should keep his mouth shut if he has nothing tangible to say.