Soccer News of Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Former Ghana goalkeeper Abubakar Damba says Fatau Dauda deserves to start in post for the Black Stars ahead of Stromsgodset Adams Kwarasey at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Ashgold goalkeeper has been on top of his game in the Ghanaian top flight and his performance in Ghana’s 3-0 victory over Egypt won him more admirers.
Norway-based Kwarasey has been the number one choice for the Black Stars since Richard Kingston’s stint with Ghana ended in September, 2011.
Most pundits in Ghana as well as top officials of the Ghana FA have mentioned that the two goalkeepers are almost on the same level.
This is different from what happened in the past when Kingston was seen as miles ahead of the local ones.
“Looking at the trend and Dauda’s performances, especially in the local league, I think he has come of age and really prepared for the challenge," Damba told Radio XYZ.
"If you look at the Egypt game, he kept a clean sheet and was very confident in post.
"For me, I think Fatau Dauda is the best now and should be a starter for Ghana at the 2013 Afcon," Damba who until last week was goalkeeper's trainer of Accra Hearts of Oak said.
The Black Stars will leave Abu Dhabi on Wednesday for South Africa ahead of their opening Group B game against Congo DR on Sunday.