Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda gets rare starting chance at Orlando Pirates
By Ameenu Shardow
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Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic is ready to hand Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda a rare start against Mpumalanga Black Aces due to the suspension of first choice Senzo Meyiwa.
The South African shot-stopper was booked in injury time of their slim 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows on Saturday.
Meyiwa together with defender Happy Jele will now be serving a mandatory one game ban – ruling them out of the PSL home clash with Black Aces on Wednesday.
Pirates’ Serbian trainer is now ready to hand the Black Stars goalkeeper his first start since taking over almost a month ago.
“Happy Jele and Senzo Meyiwa will be out,” Vermezovic confirmed.
“I have never seen two yellows for the same thing. It’s the first time in my life, but we have depth.
“Fatau Dauda and Brighton Mhlongo, are both ready and so is Ntsikelelo Nyauza. We will be fine.”
It will be only the third appearance for Dauda in the South African top flight if he plays on Wednesday since joining the club at the beginning of the season in the summer of 2013.
The ex AshantiGold goalkeeper has a unique opportunity to prove his worth to his new coach with just under three months to the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Dauda’s first choice role for the Black Stars is in great doubt despite being the man in between the sticks throughout the qualifying campaign.
His extended bench warming duties at Orlando Pirates has got many calling for his exclusion from the national team in favour of active players.
But coach Kwesi Appiah is likely to stick to his man who was a revelation at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where Ghana finished fourth.