Dauda Replies Pirates’ Coach

DaudaGoalkeeper, Fatau Dauda says his manager’s recent comment about him stems from the pressure being mounted on him (De Sa) by fans and journalists.

Roger De Sa on Monday said he has not been fielding Dauda because the former Ashgold goalkeeper is not sharp enough to man the post.

In a sharp response, the 28-year-old told Kumasi based, Angel FM that De Sa’s remarks is borne out of pressure.

“I think the coach might have said that because of the pressure the fans and journalist are putting on him to use me in his team. I see there is a lot of pressure on him and I pity him sometimes.

“He once made a similar comment about me, but he later came out to clear the air. What I like about Pirates is that the fans like me and they think there are goalkeeping problems so I need to get a starting place.

“My coach sometimes approaches me and tells me he is impressed with my dedication to training, so I know it is not performance that is making me to warm on the bench.”

Dauda is yet to play any competitive match for Orlando Pirates since joining them after the 2013 Afcon.

*Former Hearts of Oak goalkeepers’ trainer, Abubakar Damba says it is too early for some Ghanaians to assume Stephen Adams is a Black Stars material.

The 24-year-old has conceded just one goal out of four matches at the ongoing CHAN tournament in South Africa.

As it stands now, the only obvious vacant slot in the Black Stars set-up available to the domestic players is third spot in the goalkeeping department, with Adam Kwarasey and Fatau Dauda set to secure their places.

Some Ghanaians have already started clamouring for Adams after monitoring his performances at the CHAN.

But Damba thinks the calls are misplaced.

“He needs to learn from the sidelines, before he can be ripped for the main Black Stars team, but I think he is a prospect in the near future, so he needs to be encouraged.

“If he is rushed and unfortunately things don’t go on well, we will kill his spirit and that will be the end for him” he told Kumasi based, Metro Fm.

Adams won the Ghana Premier League title with Aduana Stars in 2010.

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