Former Black Stars goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda has hailed Ghana striker Jordan Ayew as one of the best penalty takers he has encountered in his life.
Dauda also revealed that during their time in the national team together the Crystal Palace striker will promise he (Fatau) $50 for every penalty he saves during training but he never got around to saving Jordan’s kicks no matter how hard he tried.
Dauda made this point to demonstrate that penalty kicks are not lotteries as some would have us believe. According to the former Orlando Pirates goalie, with practice you can perfect the art of penalty taking.
Ghana’s penalty woes are well documented and, in a bid to cure it, the GFA has proposed penalty shootouts in the Premier League during drawn games to help players learn how to score from the spot kick. But Dauda says the onus is on individual players to perfect the practice.
He says good penalty takers such as Jordan Ayew spend enormous time to practice on their own after training on a regular basis.
“Jordan, when I was in the Black Stars sometimes after training, he will say Lion, if you save one, I will give you $50 dollars,” Dauda said. When asked if he’s able to save one, the man affectionately known as the ‘Lion’ said, “I can’t even save one.”
Making an appearance on Ghanaweb’s Sports Check which would be aired tomorrow at 12:30pm, Dauda who was the shot stopper for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup made lots of revelations about his stay in the Black Stars and his possible return to the Ghana Premier League.