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Under-pressure goalkeeper Fatau Dauda not bothered by Ghana snub

Published on: 25 February 2014
Fatau Dauda

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda isn't losing sleep after being overlooked for next week's pre-World Cup friendly against Montenegro in Podgroica. 

Dauda’s lack of first team action at South African side Orlando Pirates seems to have cost him a place in the squad.

The 28-year-old has played second fiddle to home favourite Senzo Meyiwa, prompting coach Kwesi Appiah to give local hero Stephen Adams a look in ahead of the World Cup in June.

The decision to leave out the ex-Ashantigold shot-stopper has generated immense debate in the West African country.

However, Dauda says he is not getting overly worried and remains adamant he will fight his way back into the team ahead of the global piece.

"I had a conversation with the head coach of the Black Stars and he made it clear I have had so many opportunities so it is about time he gives the same opportunities to other upcoming goalkeepers who are also doing well for their respective clubs either in Europe or even in Ghana, so I am not worried at all," Dauda is quoted by Football411.

"The coach explained to me that I should keep training and keep my head up and that I shouldn't lose hope.

"I have taken that in good faith and I will see what the future holds for me in the coming days with my club in SA.

"Many have asked me whether am worried after I was not named in the squad, I tell them am not worried at all - I have a future with the Black Stars and that is paramount.

"I want to train well and give my all to my country and even my club."

He added: "I just started playing some games with Pirates so let's see what the future has for me. It's good that I am training and doing everything that the coaches tell me to do with my club.

"I even hired a goalkeeper's trainer when I came to Ghana for holidays, I am doing all of this to keep me in shape so that I won't be rusty.”

Despite being dropped for the friendly, he looks confirmed for a place in the final squad after goalkeepers’ coach Nassam Yakubu revealed on Tuesday that he will be on the plane to Brazil.



This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • U. k bouy says:
    March 01, 2014 12:15 pm
    What are all these about?? Are some players unteachable in Gh?? Does A.A do his selection base on performance or favouritism? You should u call a player to explain why he wasn't pick to him?? So did he call Accam, boakye yiadom and Frimpong to explained to them why they were not invited? Bcos dose ppl plays regularly for their prospective clubs. What I know is a manager explains his call ups in press conference but not calling a player to explain himself to them..A.A should stand up as a manager and stop dose acts..I don't think Roy Hodgson will call Scott Parker to explain why he wasn't invited.God bless our homeland gh.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    February 25, 2014 09:54 pm
    bull shit!
  • EA1us says:
    February 25, 2014 11:33 pm
    cont: Life is only a series of choices, the more better decisions you'll make the less your problems. A. Appiah perhaps won't drop you [ dauda ] off from the world cup roster at this moment, but you'll disappear gradually from the list. Opportunity may present itself but once. What you see today will NOT last forever!!
  • EA1us says:
    February 25, 2014 05:37 pm
    Mr. Dauda, if you indeed stated you're not "bothered" by A.A's decision, then you got it all wrong. Joining specifically Orlando pirates is one of the TERRIBLE choices you've made in your profession. A team which seems to strictly welcome you with a clinched fist.
  • EA1us says:
    February 25, 2014 05:43 pm
  • Nana says:
    February 25, 2014 05:06 pm
    Ghana people are not stupid , he hired him, he hired him for how much, this is conflict of interest and he should be fired immediately !!.
  • Nana says:
    February 25, 2014 05:03 pm
    Ghana people are not stupid , he hired him, he hired him for how much, this is conflict of interest and he should be fired immediately !!
  • real sabacious says:
    February 25, 2014 04:47 pm
    By this statement, the stars goal keeper has to be sacked with immediate effect! He said he wasn't offered nothing by Dauda but Dauda is saying hired a goal keeper trainer.Hope he will not come back and tell us he was wrongly quoted.
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 25, 2014 04:59 pm
    because the keepers trainer is in his pockets. he will be on the plane to Brazil as a spectator.. YAKUBU, FIRE BURN U!! lol