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Fatau Dauda seals World Cup spot despite being dropped for Montenegro friendly

Published on: 25 February 2014
Fatau Dauda has been dropped for the Montenegro friendly but will be in the World Cup squad

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is the first confirmed candidate for a World Cup place despite being dropped from Ghana’s squad for next month’s friendly against Montenegro.

The 28-year-old was the major casualty in the latest Black Stars squad for the March 5 friendly in Podgorica but will be going to the World Cup in Brazil.

Dauda has struggled for a regular first team place at his South African club Orlando Pirates – deputizing most of the times for Senzo Meyiwa.

Many are already reading meanings to his omission from the 21-man Black Stars squad for the friendly against Montenegro.

But goalkeeper’s trainer of the Ghana national team, Nassam Yakubu says Fatau Dauda has already sealed his World Cup spot even before a provisional or final squad is named for June’s tournament.

“Fatau Dauda kept throughout the qualifiers and he was fantastic so it will be unwise to keep him out of the final squad [for the World Cup],” Yakubu told Accra-based Power FM.

“But we know what he can do and that is why we left him out of the squad [for Montenegro friendly].”

With Dauda confirmed and Adam Kwarasey pretty much safe, only a place in Ghana’s goalkeeping department remain up for grabs.

Richard Kingson, Razak Brimah, Stephen Adams and Daniel Agyei are all candidates for the solitary World Cup slot.


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • Benny says:
    February 25, 2014 11:30 am
    I am proven right.l said AA is throwing dust in our eyes.So '''that'' Yakubu meant to tell Ghanaians that Dauda's spot is sealed irrespective of his performance? To say we know what Dauda can do is the most insipid statement going.Yes Ghanaians know what Dauda does best,he is an expert bench warmer. Why invite Essien,Muntari,Dede,KPB,K.Asamoah when we know truly what they are capable of. This indiscipline and unprofessional behaviour among our local people that is why it is sometime better to have foreign coaches.This clearly shows AA is not in charge. What expertise has Yakubu got as goalkeeper trainer? Would any European team employ Yakubu? Dauda is warming bench in a mediocre league and his place is sealed. Kwarasey is a captain in an European league,playing week in week out and his place is not sealed.He is coached by better coaches whose shoe's Yakubu is not worthy to touch. Barimah Razak plays week in week out in Spain,his place is not sealed. There is a conspiracy against Kwarasey because he would not give bribe to AA and his corrupt technical staff. They put the best defenders in front of Dauda and put the weak defenders in front of Kwarasey in order to justify playing bribe giving Dauda. I am pretty sure if not for the public backlash,AA would not invite Kwarasey.l have a lot of respect for Kwarasey because most players under the current injustice will retire from the black stars.
  • Papadinho says:
    February 25, 2014 07:00 pm
    This man is joking, he promised dauda not AA . So when the other keepers impress A, he will have any other option that to dauda for the world cup. Just hoping dauda gets injured before the wc and see if this stupid man will brag about him
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 25, 2014 07:59 pm
    chale, where in my post did u read about money or dollars? i have expressed my issues with dauda's inclusion below; it is not personal, but technical. daudas' last few games has not been impressive. from lack of playing time, he's been overly decisive, jittery, etc... personally, i believe AA is too moral for bribes. yakubu however has a conflict of interest.. in this day and age, we as africans continue to fail because the notion of loyalty and corruptness appeals to us more that success as a nation. tweeeeaaaaa. i dont even want to ask who you think should keep for Ghana, as i can hint at your stance..... "enemies of progress". "traitors to their own cause".
  • Nana says:
    February 25, 2014 11:26 pm
    The goal keepers trainer should be fined and fired immediately following his stupid remarks,conflict of interest , how can he b a personal trainer n then make decisions in the same department, this is a joke.The goal keepers trainer really said just a few training could do it? He's very stupid ordinary P E teacher who has not done any refresher class.Akwasi openyour eyes, is incincumbent upon you whatever results we will get out of Brazil
  • LeShaq says:
    February 25, 2014 11:13 am
    Noko fioo selection...Fatau Dauda has already been assured by the keepers trainer not the head coach hmmm
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    February 25, 2014 03:50 pm
    Chaley who the **** is this Yakubu man kraaaa!! I really don’t believe in speculations buh I wont be surprised this punk of a GK’s trainer is in the pocket of Dauda. How the **** can a GK who’s warming the bench in a mediocre SA league be our #1? This nonsense can only happen in GH. The GK’s trainer should be fired immediately, this is fucking ridiculous!!
  • Kojo says:
    February 25, 2014 03:05 pm
    Why wouldn't his place be secured? This is the same Black Stars keepers trainer (Yakubu) who Fatau Dauda pays as his personal trainer.. and if this is not a conflict of interest situation then someone should educate me. This Yakubu guy is not just a joke but incompetent and corrupt as well and must be fired immediately. Its just sad how nepotism and corruption has creep its ugly head in almost every aspect of the Ghanaian society. I will be very disappointed if this Yakubu guy himself makes it to the World Cup. Goalkeepers Trainer my foot.
  • PAPA-KA-NAWU says:
    February 25, 2014 02:44 pm
    @ spellBOUND, How many dollers do U tink DAUDAS personal trainer-yakubu gave to Akwasi Appeah and his enthourage Nyantakyi to a call in the BRAZIL Squad to Brazil, like Akwasi Appeah always recieves side kicks from DOMINIC ADIYIAH to justifies his inclution in the BLACK STARS?.
  • OGYA says:
    February 25, 2014 02:16 pm
    This Yakubu guy is a moron, a filth, a cockroach, a maggot who will rot after eating filthy roadkill. We are pulling for his own omission from the technical team
  • Jaja says:
    February 25, 2014 01:36 pm
    This goal keeper definitely needs to be fired, can't take him seriously anymore.
  • Jaja says:
    February 25, 2014 01:37 pm
    This goal keeper trainer definitely needs to be fired, can’t take him seriously anymore.
  • Assemblyman says:
    February 25, 2014 01:51 pm
    this Yakubu guy must be fired!!!..This is madness!! It will be a big crime against Daniel Agyei if he doesnt make it to Brazil.He had played well than Dauda in the same league in South Africa.While Dauda was a training horse.Both coaches at his club side knew how worthless this Dauda is.We dont reward players for playing qualifiers with a World Cup.Then Kusi Boateng,Solomon Asante and other TP Mazembe dudes should be included.Because they worked their socks up to help Ghana qualify.This thing going on is not good.Look at the example of Sammy Adjei,he kept the post till we qualified for Germany 2006.yet Kingston came to take over.Yakubu,you must be fired..Foolish man!
  • Troy says:
    February 25, 2014 12:01 pm
    This is very funny. And see how GSN has captioned it lol. I just can't stop laughing. But seriously the Goalkeepers trainer needs to be fired!
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 25, 2014 11:54 am
    "Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is the first confirmed candidate for a World Cup place despite being dropped from Ghana’s squad for next month’s friendly against Montenegro" this defies logic. if thats the case, then why call Gyan, Essien, muntari and others?? Yakubu, fire burn u. lol. seriously though, if this is true, .............. i can't even finish my sentence. i can't pick between the emotions of frustration, anger and disappointment......
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 25, 2014 12:00 pm
    yakubu cannot f#@%ing speak english. that illiterate fool cannot communicate with kwaresey. aaaaaaaah, if this story is true, i will be gutted. AA, take ur technical team to english class so they can learn english. if dauda is our #1 in brazil, we are doomed. his jittery ass will crumble star gazing at ronal and ozil.... i have no personal reasons to not like him, his technique in post is seriously flawed, and idiotic yakubu praises that???? dauda, learn this lesson and u may succeed. "U R SHORT, STOP COMING OUT ON EVERY AERIAL BALL"... i see an aerial error or 2 in dauda against the tall germans. fact!
  • keith from germany says:
    February 25, 2014 10:24 am
    Favouritsm and nepotism at its best. Who is this mr nassam yakubu to decide things eventhough he is not the head coach? An european goalkeepers trainer will always stay proffesional n be fair to all who derserve a chance. These ppl only want a desaster for the national team because i this kind of condition i dont see dauda manning the post for the stars at the mundial. Im not saying dauda is a bad keeper but based on current form he dont derserve to be nominated since has has only played 7 matches including club friendlies with ghana and orlando pirates. We are watching proceedings becuz im smelling sumin fishy
  • Papa USA says:
    February 25, 2014 10:20 am
    Who is this guy telling us Dauda place in the team is sealed. What a joke. Everything in ghana is corrupt.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    February 25, 2014 10:07 am
    if this is the case then why kwasi appiah kept telling us only players who plays regular football with their clubs will get the nod..