Dauda hopes to prove World Cup worth

Picture: AFP

Picture: AFP

Fatau Dauda will, tomorrow night, get an opportunity to cement his shaky starting berth for Ghana in time for the World Cup that starts in 72 days.

The first choice Ghanaian goalkeeper will get his second start for Orlando Pirates when they host Mpumalanga Black Aces at Orlando Stadium. Senzo Meyiwa’s one-match suspension has opened the door for Dauda to show Ghana’s coach, Kwesi Appiah, he didn’t make a mistake when he named him his first choice goalkeeper in the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

Dauda was a notable absentee in the squad Appiah named to face Montenegro on March 5. But Appiah insists Dauda is still his No 1 despite limited game time at Pirates. Vladimir Vermezovic will have no choice but to make him No 1 against AmaZayoni.

Meyiwa and Happy Jele are suspended after they both picked up a yellow card for time wasting, when they delayed a goal kick after swapping to take it, in the 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows.
“We have big squad and Dauda is very much ready for action for the game against Aces,” Vermezovic said.

“I don’t know maybe it’s a new rule to give two players a yellow card at the same time. This is the first time in my life I see this situation two yellow cards because of that incident. But never mind. We have enough cover. Dauda will come in for Meyiwa and Ntsikelelo Nyauza will replace Happy Jele.”

It will be the third time that Dauda will get to wear the Pirates’ jersey. The first time was after Meyiwa picked up an injury in the 1-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns. The Ghanaian finally got to start in another 1-0 loss, this time to Polokwane City. A clean sheet will do his World Cup ambitions a world of good.

“As a goalkeeper you have to be ready all the time. ,” Dauda told the club’s official website.




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