By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
Orlando Pirates technical director Stanley Chabalala is on a collision course with coach Roger De Sa by insisting Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda will be the first choice at the club.
De Sa had declared the Black Stars no.1 as his third choice behind Senzo Meyiwa and Brighton Mhlongo.
The coach’s comments seem to have infuriated his employers who bought the Ghana international at the start of the season to replace Moeneeb Josephs as the club’s first choice.
Delayed registration for the South African top flight and the inability to register Dauda for the Champions League campaign saw Meyiwa favoured as the first choice.
But Pirates technical director Chabalala says the Ghana goalkeeper will be assuming the leading goalkeeper’s role despite the contrary declaration of coach De Sa.
“Dauda is not the third choice goalkeeper; he is not the second choice goalkeeper. He will be the first choice goalkeeper and he is going to compete with the goalkeeper who played the African championship,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“Dauda should be playing because we have just received his card after registration. So he is going to be with the team as from Monday as we speak.
“We are also worried because we heard from our administrative officer what the manager said that Dauda is the third choice goalkeeper.
“Dauda cannot be the third choice goalkeeper for us when he is the first choice goalkeeper for Ghana.
“Our goalkeeper is not even the second choice in South Africa so how can we say that Dauda is the third choice goalkeeper? No, no, no.
“Just that we are not playing this weekend but on Monday. So Dauda will either be in the post or will be on the bench.”
Dauda’s position as the first choice Black Stars goalkeeper is under serious threat due to his relative club inactiveness.
He has been adviced to seek at least a loan move away from the club if he is not guaranteed regular playing time in order to maintain his position in the Ghana national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.