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Fatau Dauda is still Ghana's No1 goalkeeper, insists Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 03 March 2014

Fatau Dauda has been dropped for Wednesday’s international friendly against Montenegro but continues to be classed as Ghana’s No1 goalkeeper, according to Kwesi Appiah.

The Ghanaian trainer has confirmed that Dauda is still his number one and will start in post at the World Cup and plans to use the friendly against Montenegro only to look at his other options including Stephen Adams.

The 28-year-old is under intense pressure at South African side Orlando Pirates where he has made only two appearances.

However speaking ahead of the friendly against Montenegro,  Kwesi Appiah,  has stressed that the ex-Ashantigold last line of defense remains his preferred choice in Brazil.

“Fatau Dauda still remains my first-choice goalkeeper despite his present predicaments at his club,” Appiah told Accra-based Asempa FM.

“I have given the two [Stephen and Kwarasey] Adams the opportunity to prove themselves countless times and he knows what they are capable of doing but my doors are still not closed to any player.”

“I am still monitoring the likes of Daniel Agyei, Razak Braimah and some other goalkeepers who in one way or the other can help push the dream of the team or the nation forward.”


This article has 31 comment(s), give your comment
  • Papadinho says:
    March 03, 2014 04:40 pm
    bribe taker. God will punish.
  • redd says:
    March 03, 2014 05:00 pm
    I don't believe this story.I don't think Appiah will descend this low and the logic is even pathetic.But if indeed he really did then GFA must sack him now.It means his mind is made with or without a good form and that is tantamount to reating the national team like his bonafide property.Again I hope Appiah did not say these words.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 03, 2014 05:11 pm
    aaaaaahh, this hypocrite of a coach just ruined my day..... if u've chosen dauda as our #1 even after countless months rotting on the bench in that mediocre league in SA, then your doors are indeed closed; as your decisions and criteria in selecting players aren't based on performance and form as you claimed but on reasons only you and your God knows.... do not think us ignorant or fools to accept your words which reek of hypocrisy and defy logic in the highest order. tell us what kwaresay has not done that he still warrants call ups for friendlies to test his readiness and abilities. better yet, tell us what dauda has done to "SOLIDY" his place in brazil???? if dauda is still your first despite his predicaments, then why aren't adiyah, or john mensah also in the conversation?? this fu$#ing man is a joke, and not a coach. tactically bankrupt after years as an assistant... good luck with a jittery midget keeper who makes poor aerial decisions against the 10 feet germans. if AA was misquoted, then i dearly apologize for all i've said, but if his statements turns out to be true, i'll return with more critique. smh
  • real sabacious says:
    March 03, 2014 05:19 pm
    This Kwasia Appiah is digging his own grave, what has Dauda achieve in his football career fo him to merit automatic spot in the team though he's not getting a playing time ? Some stupid journos used ike casillas case to justify the case of Dauda. Casillas became Madrid nr.1 in his earlier 20's.Yes he isn't playing but he's still regarded among the best keepers in the world.can the same be said about Dauda? The guy is not even the best in Ghana. I bet you guys, if owu, kwarasey, Adams and Braimah did get the support and the trust that kwasia Appiah and his goal keeper trainer has been given to Dauda, our goal keeping problem could have been solved by now. U disgraced ur self in S.A. yet ghanaians accepted u when u opologised but u know the worse this time when you fail to pass from the group stage.
  • pato says:
    March 03, 2014 05:26 pm
    If this is true then it is a joke and this will affect the keepers it meams the coaches have no confidence in them no matter what they do. I will not be surprised if they loose Wednesday game by a large margin because of this. Only one outcome if this is true. GHANA EARLY HOME COMING FROM THE WORLD CUP.
  • Jaja says:
    March 03, 2014 05:36 pm
    Ooh Appiah, don't say this! You should let them compete and the best performer becomes the #1. So according to AA, Dauda is of such an extraordinary level that he's an automatic #1, and doesn't even need to defend his title hence his absence for the Montenegro match.
  • Ago says:
    March 03, 2014 05:37 pm
    Bribe bribe so wat. De go pay n play.
  • Eric(Columbus Ohio says:
    March 03, 2014 05:45 pm
    Im official out of the black stars fan groups if this confused coach said this...i mn how come...ghana will swallow goals like heck come will be a disgrace to see 13goals in 3matches for Ghana.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    March 03, 2014 06:13 pm
    LOL the boss has spoken.
  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    March 03, 2014 06:14 pm
    I don't believe this story. The most respected coach in Ghana will never make such a controversial statement. Those of us who know this guy will never attribute these kind of cheap story to him.
  • Assemblyman says:
    March 03, 2014 06:20 pm
    WTF! This is a joke..Else Akwasi you must have been either drunk or taking bribes..Ask how many opportunities you had given both KWARASEY and Adams drying your tenure ..Be careful . That's all I will say..I pray Ghana doesn't fail at the World Cup .But should we fail am sure Ghana no go sweet you and DAUDA again.Ask Asamoah Gyan over how he felt being exposed to Ghana soccer fans wrath ..Just be careful ..
  • Benny says:
    March 03, 2014 06:54 pm
    This is why it is better to let a foreign coach handle the black stars.Such pure nativity will not be seen. You drop your so called number.Why not drop Essien,KPB,Dede,K .Asamoah and try the others.It doesn't make sense. AA is lucky to have this talent crop of players who are desperate to make name for themselves.AA is clueless.We yearn for local coaches only to see stupidity in the highest order surfacing..Is it not a disgrace to unveil a bench warmer in a an insignificant league as Ghana number one? Left with AA we can't manage a single point.The only consolation is that we have the players who knows much more than the clueless coach and will draw experience from club level to do us proud. We have mercy on AA to coach Our Beloved Stars and look at the folly.Which country will let a mere security man in London coach it's nation team.JESUS said don't cast pearls before swine.Does AA think at all to make such stupid remark. What does it do Kwarasey and the others confidence.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 03, 2014 07:16 pm
    Thank you brother benny. you have captured the true sense of this unfortunate situation.
  • Assemblyman says:
    March 03, 2014 07:20 pm
    AN ARTICLE FROM AFRICANSOCCERNET.COM WHICH QUESTIONS WHETHER ADIYIAH HAD BEEN BRIBING AKWASI APPIAH.. PERSONALLY AFTER GOING THROUGH THIS INTERVIEW FROM THE SITE.IT TELLS ME THAT AKWASI APPIAH KNOWS NOTHING..HE NEITHER HAVE CONCRETE REPORTS ON PLAYERS NOR MUST BE INFLUENCED A WAY OR THE OTHER..GHANA IS HEADING TO " DOOMLAND" REPORTER: What was the basis for Adiyiah’s inclusion to the national side? AKWASI APPIAH (AA): We don’t have reputable strikers and that’s why he is included REPORTER: Adiyiah has scored only ONE goal, since 2008, for all the clubs he’s played for. Meanwhile, just this season Abdul Majeed Waris (Harken, Sweden) has 12 goals in 9 games Dominic Oduro (Chicago Fire, MLS) has 4 goals in 9 games Richmond Yiadom-Boakye(Sassuolo, Italy division 2) – 7 goals Samuel Affum (Smouha SC, Egypt) – 7 goals Samuel Owusu (Ghazl El Mehalla, Egypt) – 5 goals So, how come all these players were overlooked? AA: Adiyiah played in tougher leagues REPORTER: So, you consider the Turkish division 2, Ukraine and Serbian leagues to be stronger than the Swedish league and the MLS? AA: Emmmm …. I never said that REPORTER: What did you mean? AA: emm … you see ..emmm … Adiyiah was never given the chance, like the other players REPORTER: It was only at Milan that he did not get the chance. Karayaka (Turkey, division 2), Partizan (Serbia) and Reggina (Italy, division 2) all gave him a chance, but he failed. They kept him on the bench before eventually letting him go. They cannot be all wrong. AA: Oh, but that was then. Today he is at Arsenal Kyiv (Ukraine) and firing on all cylinders REPORTER: Really? I use the internet to do my research and I know for a fact that he is a benchwarmer. He’s not managed to score …. AA: Hold your horses, Wikipedia is full of untruths REPORTER: The Internet is not Wikipedia, so don’t go there. Look, even Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy), playing from midfield, in the toughest league in the world, has managed 3 goals. AA: Oh, but I invited Kwadwo. So, what’s your beef? REPORTER: I know you invited Kwadwo, but that was not my point. Were you not just in Europe? AA: Yes, I was and also in Dubai. So..? REPORTER: Did you visit Adiyiah in Kiev AA: Kiev? Adiyiah is in Ukraine not Kiev REPORTER: Akwasi, Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. Were you sick on the day of European geography lesson at school? AA: Barima, watch your mouth.. OK? When I was in school, there was no country like Ukraine REPORTER: Correct. It was a “region” in the USSR. After the break up, it became an independent country AA: Were you at Kumasi Legon? What did you study and do you remember ….. REPORTER: Akwasi, stop the diversion tactics. Let’s get back on track. What was the basis for Adiyiah’s inclusion to the national side? AA: Remember, he almost scored the winner against Uruguay, at the last world cup. It was his header that led to the penalty that Gyan missed. REPORTER: Ebei, is that all you’ve got? AA: He was the top scorer for the U20 world cup winning side. How about that? REPORTER: ….but that was ages ago. Don’t you base your selection on current form? AA: I don’t have to answer to you “too known” journalists. This interview is over REPORTER: Akwasi, have you already stated taking bribes?
  • U. k bouy says:
    March 03, 2014 08:11 pm
    A.A is not true to his words...In his interview he said only players playing regularly for their clubs will be invited so how on earth is dauda who ain't playing regularly for his club is being considered as his number one...This are some of the ways why most players retire early from black stars and concentrate on their club careers..He is jus a dream killer killing de confidence of kwarasey and the up and coming goalkeepers. A .A should resigns from his position
  • Benny says:
    March 03, 2014 08:17 pm
    My pleasure brother spellBound.AA is making us stressed already.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 03, 2014 08:42 pm
    he's just boosting the guy moral,calm down guys.he's joking
  • kk says:
    March 03, 2014 08:58 pm
    @ u all,cn someone tells me which team was Olele Kinston b4 the world cup in south Africa,was he playing or a bench warmer but he was our first choice by da white man dat was fine 4 u all hypocrites,guys leave da coach to do his work.check ur facts b4 u come out.Holy Ghost Fire burn u all.
  • johnny says:
    March 03, 2014 09:01 pm
    LOL!! Akwasi Appiah, even if you've decided to keep Dauda, it is very unwise to tell the world at this time, especially when Dauda is not doing so well. What do you think that will do to the confidence and commitment of the other goalkeepers? This is sad.
  • kk says:
    March 03, 2014 09:15 pm
    Olele was one of da best goalkeeper's @ dat world cup.
    March 03, 2014 09:39 pm
    The prophets of doom have always been proved wrong by AA. More surprises await them in Brazil. The Silent Gentle Killer will make Ghana and Africa proud.
  • Kwaku says:
    March 03, 2014 09:51 pm
    KK I don't think u know ur facts. Kingston was the goal keeper for black pool before the World Cup. Please check.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 03, 2014 10:23 pm
    stop speaking out of your ass. if you think the tactics and genius planning of AA is whats been winning us games,then you're cluelessly blind. if there was ever a case to be made that you don't need a world class coach to be successful, AA would be it. there are no prophets of doom here mate. just fools who support decisions that do not make sense. I'm behind the stars 1001% no matter who is coach, but AA is starting to annoy me.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 03, 2014 10:24 pm
    @ fabu the best & greatest
  • pato says:
    March 03, 2014 10:38 pm
    I don't think there were other alternatives but now there are active players playing week in week out and the main point is that DAUDA IS NOTA GOOD GOALKEPER he has many concerns and worries many whenever he is in goal, if he was and not getting games I am sure he would have the support. He will not cut it at world cup level.
  • Kwame says:
    March 03, 2014 10:44 pm
    I fink Akwesi Appiah is gtn ih all wrong 4 even voicing dah out.besides u cannot compare deh S A league wih European football & 4 dah matter Norweigian league.i don't why Kwarasey's xposure & xperience is ovalukd.i blame Eddie Ansah 4 ill advicing Appiah on dis top class coach will make such choice.check deh records.sincce 1990 Mundial when Cameroon blossomed till S A 2010, which African nation has succeeded using a local Goalie?class is permanent .worst av all,how can we mk a 3rd choice goalie in a sub-standard league deh numba 1 man av a team(Black Stars) dah boost av class A players lk KPB,Essien,Muntari,Kojo Asamoah,Dede & co.deh handlers must learn & keep deh balance.dey shld also remember dah deh Brazil 2014 tournement is neither AFCON nor Chan.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 03, 2014 11:40 pm
    I agree!!!
  • amy says:
    March 03, 2014 11:41 pm
    I think people are going too emotional about our goal keeping issue. When KA made Dauda no1 last year the guys justified it by being the best keeper in the AFCON. Back then he was an hero. One year later he is useless because the coaches at Orlando Pirate think he is #2 in their club! In my opinion, Dauda is still number one until they gather in Roterdam and start camping. If one of the other keepers stand out better than him then he will lose his place in the same manner Kawarsay lost it to him. Keep in mind that Julio Cesar is benched in the championship in England, and still Brazilian coach has publicly stated that Cesar's place in guaranteed for the world cup. The same can be told about Iker Casillas. The keeper that has benched him at Real Madrid is not even considred #4 with Spain. I think people must understand that the goal keeping position is different from in field positions ( I knew it from Amet Jacquet, the France coach who won the WC with France!)
  • boro says:
    March 04, 2014 12:09 am
    Hahahahahaha! I thought I agree with AA when Dauda was not called for this friendly because he has lost his form. In fact he was jittery throughout the two matches against Egypt. I watched part of his full debut for Orlando Pirates where they lost the match by a goal to nil. He continues to be jittery in the post and is still not able to deal with aerial balls. I am sure Akwasi Appiah is aware of this, so therefore what he probably means is that with the status quo Dauda is the no.1 till Kwarasey and Adams proved otherwise from now till may including this Montenegro match. The fact is that Fatau has dropped in form at both club and in the BS. Kwarasey as we all know is doing very well at his club and Adams too judging by his performance at the CHAN is ahead of Fatau. But we must all also agree that none of these goalkeepers have been really given the chance to perform for the BS in these recent times so probably that is why AA is saying Fatau is his no.1. However, I am sure that if these two goalkeepers are able to prove themselves I am sure Fatau Dauda will definitely drop further down the perking or might not be able to make it. The idea of the no.1 choice as a matter of fact lies with Kwarasey and Adam to prove their form with the BS. Some players can be in good form for their clubs but could be the reverse when it comes to the national team. Olele had done it before when we all thought Sammy Adjei was going to be the no.1. The coach also did something intelligently which must be lauded for not calling Fatau to be at the bench. The problem I have with this call ups is the midfielders he called to face Montenegro because, the team appears to be missing a discipline, young and energetic holding midfielder and that is my worry. I wish the BS the best of luck in this Wednesday’s friendly against Montenegro.
  • kwame says:
    March 04, 2014 12:18 am
    @Benny, pls don't kill me with laugh! Do u mean AA was a security man in London, b4 his apppointment?
  • Obed says:
    March 04, 2014 02:52 am
    oh Papa i am afraid kwarasey will take bad goals in this match. the reason why they don't call dauda is simple because they want to shut up the people who support kwarasey mouth.they will make juju in his jersey so if u know anybody who knows kwarasey they should tell him to bring his old Ghana jersey for the match or pray hard before he wear the jersey