Abubakari Damba appears to be suggesting a change in guard of the Ghana’s first choice goalkeeper ahead of the World Cup playoff tie against Egypt.
Fatawu Dauda has been criticized for his below par performance – per his own high standards – in the 2-1 win over Zambia almost a fortnight ago.
His aerial frailties were in full glare as Ghana battled its way through that final preliminary group match against the Chipolopolo.
Dauda’s apparent dip in form has been attributed to his lack of regular first team action since joining South African club Orlando Pirates.
And ex Black Stars goalkeeper Damba reckons it is an issue that needs careful attention ahead of next month’s crunch first leg match against the record African Cup winners.
“For Fatawu Dauda I think his move to Orlando Pirates has not helped,” he told Metro FM.
“I don’t know what motivated his move to Pirates but if he doesn’t get the playing time he is definitely going to dip in form so far as his performance at the Cup of Nations is concerned.
“It will definitely affect his performance and it was very clear and evident in our match against Zambia. So that issue needs to be looked at.”
Dauda appears insulated from being knocked off his perch as Ghana’s first choice goalkeeper with his deputies – Adam Kwarasey and Razak Braimah – yet to fully convince they are better alternatives.
The former AshantiGold shot-stopper was however clearly not his assured and composed self in the win over Zambia – raising doubts of his reliability of his first choice credentials.