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2014 World Cup: Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda's hopes alive as Ghana technical chief insists he will be key in Brazil

South Africa-based goalkeeper Fatau Dauda's fading World Cup dream has received a lifeline with the Ghana FA's technical director Francis Oti Akenteng insisting the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper will be key for the Black Stars at the tournament in Brazil in June.

Fatau Dauda will be a key player for the Black Stars at the World Cup, says Oti Akenteng

South Africa-based goalkeeper Fatau Dauda’s fading World Cup dream has received a lifeline with the Ghana FA’s technical director Francis Oti Akenteng insisting the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper will be key for the Black Stars at the tournament in Brazil in June.

Akenteng gave Dauda – the second-choice goalkeeper at Orlando Pirates – a reprieve this week when he told Sunday World that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah had not shut the door yet.

“The coach [Appiah] has been in touch with Fatau and his club coaches, and we are aware he has been featuring in some of their friendly games,” said Akenteng.

“Fatau is one of our tried-and-tested players in the Black Stars, that we have been building for the Brazil World Cup finals.

“The coach has made it clear that Fatau is his preferred goalkeeper for Brazil,” said the veteran coach, who was in Joburg for last week’s Fifa- Confederation of African Football workshop.

Ghana will have their work cut out for them in Brazil. They are in a tough group, with Germany, Portugal and the US. Germany is one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Dauda has played second fiddle to Senzo Meyiwa for most of the Absa Premiership season, and must have feared the worst when Appiah said in February that he must pull up his socks or his World Cup dream could be over.

Dauda (28) has played in only three Premier Soccer League matches since joining Pirates in August from Ashanti Gold SC.

He was Ghana’s No1 in goal during the World Cup qualifiers, but his chances diminished after Appiah said he would pick only form players for his 23-man squad.

Dauda’s hopes were dashed when he was dropped for Ghana’s World Cup warm-up against Montenegro last month.

Appiah argued at the time that he wanted to look at Stephen Adams, who plays in Ghana’s Glo Premier League at club Aduana Stars.

Adams was part of the Ghanaian team that won silver during the African Nations Championship finals in Mzansi in February.

Pirates coach Vladislav “VV” Vermezovic said he was impressed with Dauda and could include him in future starting lineups.

“He has been working hard at training and is in good shape,” Vermezovic said.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Marshall Abdul-jalil Mohammed says:

    They are it again what they did to Sammy adjei, is exactly what they want to do to kwarassey.
    AA must stop this nonsense that causa is his preferred goalie, if he will not fight for BS No1, how can he fight for pirates No 1 ? A word to the wise…. ………….

    • swagger says:

      live dauda alone is number1 ever is he the only person dont get the playing time

      • OGYA says:

        Akwesi Appiah is a typical idiot from Sunyani with no common sense, no coach with a brain will come out and say such a thing when players are trying their very best to make a team.

        This twerp, Appiah, is one of the reasons why Africans find it very difficult to accept other Africans as legitimate coaches, because logic is never part of their daily thinking. If we had a foreign coach, the issue of Adam Kwarasey Vs Dauda will not even exist and Dauda will not even be in the Black Stars, yet we have stupid idiots, cornballs, uncle toms and brown nosers who are only coaches because they kissed somebody’s butt, making dumb proclamations in the media at the detriment of others, how can your players respect you.
        Adam has been doing everything that these unqualified coaches have asked for, play regularly in his team, be on top of his game, lead his team to championship but yet disrespected like that. How dare these foul mouth, sweaty armpit stinking coaches treat him like that. Kwarasey should never ever pay any bribes to these morons if that is what they are looking for from him.

  2. Akwasi Floric says:

    A key on the bench…. He needs to sit his ass down and watch the game from bench… Kwarasey no. 1

  3. Papadinho says:

    Ok, we will see. Ghana will crush out because of dauda. 10 goals against us in the first 3 matches. No last 16 round for us.
    Nkwasias3m ne gyimii paa nie!! Mponkye ne nwan. Corrupted bastards!!!
    Bless

  4. Papa USA says:

    This nonsense got to stop. Is he better than any of the keepers we have? It good to encourage him but not at the expense of other players. This shows how hypocrite we Ghanaians are. Wasn’t these same people who said you will not be selected for a national assignment if you’re not playing regularly at the club level? Encourage the guy to fight for to regular game time and stop killing the moral of other players. Adam Kwarasey has been humble and dedicated to the nation yet these people do not give him the due respect. I can’t remember when any of these same people have come out to sing his praises but yet always singing Duada’s Tunes. I hope they are not in his pockets.

  5. ghanaboy says:

    fools! if you put this dauda in post and he commit his stupid mistakes that will cost us,do not bother to step here in ghana.just go and board malaysian flight..fools..if this favouritism will really happen in brassil,then am sorry to say that this bunch of corrupt idiots will put pains in the heart of the whole ghanaians..i think you hate kwarrasey because he is far far hansome than you.

  6. OGYA says:

    Akwesi Appiah is a typical idiot from Sunyani with no common sense, no coach with a brain will come out and say such a thing when players are trying their very best to make a team.

    This twerp, Appiah, is one of the reasons why Africans find it very difficult to accept other Africans as legitimate coaches, because logic is never part of their daily thinking. If we had a foreign coach, the issue of Adam Kwarasey Vs Dauda will not even be a competition, yet we have stupid idiots, cornballs, uncle toms and brown nosers who are only coaches because they kissed somebody’s butt, making dumb proclamations in the media at the detriment of others, how can your players respect you.

    Adam has been doing everything that these unqualified coaches have asked for, play regularly in his team, be on top of his game, lead his team to championship but yet disrespected like that. How dare these foul mouth, sweaty armpit stinking coaches treat him like that. Kwarasey should never ever pay any bribes to these morons.

  7. benny says:

    Where do l start.This is what you get with Ghanain local coaches.
    People were insulting Marcel on this forum for suggesting that AA must win his dressing room. How do you expect Kwaresey, Adams, Braimah to feel.
    I am not surprised because AA has not coach any team prior to the black stars so he lacks team ethics. All he was doing here in the UK was Security Job until the GFA gave him a job as assistance.
    A bench warming keeper in a mediocre league as Ghana no1, oh my God, what a blasphemy.

  8. keith from germany says:

    Favouritism,corruption and nepotism will always kill the african economy.
    These are the main reasons im not commenting regularly on this website.
    The blackman cannot handle his own affairs.
    A benchwarmer who has only played three games for his mediocre club,being the number one keeper of the blackstars.
    I see doom for the stars come june if the right decisions are not taken by james appiah.

  9. benito says:

    Boys pe kasa!!why will your blood pressure go way way up because of this.they know far better than we do,so let them be.

  10. Yuri says:

    Aa shdn’t be stupid to use d@ idiot wh@ all has kwarassey done to derserve dis nonsense…..

  11. keith from germany says:

    Bro benito with all due respect u got it all wrong.
    What do they know far better than us?
    Starting a benchwarmer in a mediocre league over a norwegian league champion who has been constant for his clubside,is this what u call”they know far better than we”.
    Africans with our mentality,speechless!
    We have a long way to go.
    But please fellow forumites let us make this website insultfree.

  12. spellBOUND says:

    NO F#$KING COMMENT!!! smh

  13. wee ba says:

    kwasi appiah is jux a puppet thats the main reason why he was picked as coach,he did nt apply for the coachin job or presented a CV. shame on u gfa

  14. RICKS(FLORIDA says:

    Oh chale,im speechless now…who employed those bunch of faggis sucking on Dauda’s ass,what a backward staff,killing other people dreams with words,how do ya expect Adam and the other keepers to feel…bunch of retards

  15. yes yes says:

    Dauda is one of the best keepers in Afica ,remember we lost only two games in the qualifying phase parly becos of his brilliant goal-keeping,Give credit where it’s due.