Black Stars’ Goalie Makes Debut, But…

Fatau DaudaBlack Stars’ Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda made his full competitive debut for Orlando Pirates in their 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City last Saturday.

Dauda made his long awaited competitive start for the Bucs since joining the club at the beginning of the season.

It was however not the dream debut the 28-year-old had wished for as his side went down 1-0 at Polokwane City.

The scored by Sipho Jembule in the 27th minute was as a result of miscommunication between Dauda and his defender Thabo Matlaba as he came out rushing for the ball which eventually ended up in his net.

The ex AshantiGold shot-stopper however regained his nerves as the game wore on as he came up with some spectacular saves to keep his side in the game.

Pirates, playing under new coach Vladimir Vermezovic failed to convert chances created to ultimately lose the game.

Dauda’s good showing on his competitive debut will however be a major positive drawn from the defeat.

The Black Stars goalkeeper has had to play second fiddle to Senzo Meyiwa since arriving last year but could be set to be the new no.1 if his performance on Saturday was good enough to catch the eye of coach Verzemovic.

*Harrison Afful opened the scoring for Esperance in their 2-0 win over Stade Tunisien in the Tunisian Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The versatile Ghana international, playing in an advance position, drilled home a powerful low grounder inside the box on 18 minutes.

Afful was registering his third goal of the season.

Oussama Darragi doubled the lead in the 55th minute to hand the Blood and Gold the points.

Esperance are on top of the Tunisian table with 44 points; seven more than closet challengers.

*Spanish side Real Valladolid have moved to take Ghana international Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on trial, with a view to offering the winger a deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old is currently unattached after leaving Greek side Panathinaikos due to lack of playing time this season.

He scored 4 goals in 25 League matches in the Greek Super League but struggled to make any real impact the following season with just 13 appearances, followed by none this season.

The Ghanaian international has been offered the chance to move back to the La Liga with Real Valladolid, should he impress during a trial period next week.

The journey man looks destined to be back for a third spell in Spanish football, providing he can sufficiently impress manager Juan Ignacio Martínez during a trial period at the cash strapped club.

The Dutch-born player spent his formative years at the youth system of Ajax before moving to English side Arsenal to begin his professional career, where he featured in 23 games and scored twice.

Abeyie is keen for regular playing time to enhance his chances of gatecrashing Ghana’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The former Spartak Moscow man has played for many clubs in Europe including Celta Vigo,  Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Málaga and Panathinaikos.




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