Keeper Dauda open to returning to SA

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has not ruled out the possibility of coming back to the Absa Premiership, because he believes he has unfinished business in South Africa.

He left Pirates for Chippa United at the beginning of the season, but he left the Chilli Boys in a huff and is now back in his native country, Ghana, playing for his former club, Ashgold.

The keeper said he was open to offers because he had only signed a short-term contract. He refused to delve too much into the reasons he left the Chilli Boys, saying only that it was the right decision.

“I enjoyed myself in South Africa, but I don’t want to discuss what happened at Chippa,” said Dauda.

He said after almost missing the cut for Ghana’s World Cup-bound team, he had to make a decision about his career because he was not getting game time at Pirates.

“To play for the national team, you need to play regularly at club level and I was in a predicament as I was not playing,” he said. “Pirates are a good team to play for, but I didn’t have the playing time. Sometimes even top players in the world leave clubs and move so they can play.”

He said he was still saddened by the death of Senzo Meyiwa. He wanted to attend the funeral, but could not because of his national team duties.

“To me he was the best, and if I am not wrong, he was the only goalkeeper who didn’t concede a goal in the qualifiers. This made people at home understand the reason I was not playing regularly.”

He was aware that Pirates were looking for an experienced goalkeeper after the death of his friend.

“This is a small world and anything is possible. Who knows, I may find myself back in South Africa soon. It’s important not to burn bridges in life to make it easy for you to return in future if you want to. I still follow Premier Soccer League football because I had a good time there and enjoyed myself.”

He also pleaded with Pirates supporters to give Brighton Mhlongo a chance, saying the youngster had a bright future.

“He has learnt a lot from Senzo and Moeneeb [Josephs], and they should encourage him. I have worked with him and I know what he can do. All he needs is time to settle.”

Dauda says he was enjoying his football again and was happy to still be part of the Black Stars of Ghana.

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