Fatau Dauda was the first choice goalkeeper for Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in South Africa starting in two group stage matches of the Black Stars but his rise to prominence never came easy.
“Lion” as he is affectionately called is mostly remembered at Ghana Premier League clubs Okwahu United and Ashantigold but a lot happened in his early years of his career as a footballer.
” I played in all divisions in Ghana football. I played for Hearts Babies in Cape Coast. Then I played second division with Madina United. From there I went to Voradep to play in the First division.” Fatau Dauda recounted.
“From Voradep I went to Okwahu United in the Premiership and then joined Ashgold. From Ashgold I went to Orlando Pirates and then at Chippa United for a short stint before coming back Ghana.” Dauda recalled.
“It has been a tiring journey but in the end is is worthwhile.” he said.
Dauda became Ghana’s number one goalkeeper at the 2013 African Cup of Nations in the team of Kwesi Appiah and a year later in Brazil he ousted Adam Kwarasey – after Ghana’s 2-1 defeat against USA – to become Black Stars first choice starting in the remaining two games against Germany ( 2-2) and Portugal (1-2).
The 35-year old is currently with Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities and played in the 2019/20 season before it was cancelled.