Sports News of Friday, 28 February 2014
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is not uptight about his exclusion from the pre-World Cup friendly against Montenegro.
The Orlando Pirates shot-stopper has told Football411 he is still in the run for the first-choice spot of the Black Stars ahead of the World Cup and will continue to work at it, despite lack of game time in South Africa.
The former Ashantigold glovesman has made only two competitive appearances for the Buccaneers since joining them last summer and that has raised several eyebrows in Ghana.
“I had a conversation with the head coach of the Black Stars and he made it clear I have had so many opportunities so it is about time he gives the same opportunities to other upcoming goalkeepers who are also doing well for their respective clubs either in Europe or even in Ghana, so I am not worried at all,” Dauda said.
“The coach explained to me that I should keep training and keep my head up and that I shouldn’t lose hope. I have taken that in good faith and I will see what the future holds for me in the coming days with my club in SA.”
“Many have asked me whether am worried after I was not named in the squad, I tell them am not worried at all – I have a future with the Black Stars and that is paramount,” the 28-year-old opined. “I want to train well and give my all to my country and even my club.”
“I just started playing some games with Pirates so let’s see what the future has for me. It’s good that I am training and doing everything that the coaches tell me to do with my club. I even hired a goalkeeper’s trainer when I came to Ghana for holidays, I am doing all of this to keep me in shape so that I won’t be rusty.”