Soccer News of Monday, 14 July 2014

Source: citifmonline

Smaller nations are bridging the gap in world football – Dauda

Black Stars goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda believes the competitiveness and quality of the standard of soccer exhibited by teams at the just ended World Cup in Brazil is evidence of how individual nations are developing their soccer.

He was particularly excited at the manner in which teams who had to bear the tag of underdogs matched their elite counterparts.

Countries like Costa Rica exceeded expectations after they were unbeaten on their way to topping their group, which included European giants England and Italy, and 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay.

This, according to him, made the tournament unpredictable from the moment it commenced.

“You could see that from day one of the tournament, many teams pulled surprises, you could see that it isn’t an easy tournament at all.

“You can't predict because every team came to win the trophy.

“Before games you could easily make predictions based on teams reputations and say that they would be victorious against the supposed weaker teams, but after games, the results turned out very different,” he told reporters after the game.

The 29-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper made two appearances for the Black Stars in their campaign that ended in disappointment after they finished bottom of Group G, which also had the United States of America, Portugal and eventual winners Germany.

Disagreements over appearance fees, amidst reports of player indiscipline, meant the attention of the players focused on everything thing else but playing soccer which was the main objective.

A three-man committee of enquiry has since been set up on the orders of President John Dramani Mahama to look into issues that led to the country’s abysmal performance and make appropriate recommendations to aid develop the nation’s football.