Recently pardoned Ghanaian goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda has displaced Super Eagles goaltender, Ikechukwu Ezenwa to be among the 18 Enyimba players that travelled to Morocco on Monday ahead of the Caf Confederation Cup semi-final, second leg tie against Raja Casablanca on Wednesday.
Dauda was suspended before the People’s Elephant Round of 64 Federation Cup tie against Wasiu Alabelewe of Osun State after he allegedly dodged the trip over flimsy excuse but the goalkeeper returned in style more than two weeks ago and has remained consistent in training ever since.
Ezenwa on his part left the Enyimba camp for national assignment with the Super Eagles for the doubleheader Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya in Uyo and Tunisia respectively and he skipped training with his club over those periods.
The goaltender only returned to training on Thursday before Enyimba hit the road to Lagos three days later ahead of their Monday trip to Casablanca.
The head coach of the team, Usman Abdallah expressed that the amount of time Dauda spent with the team in training and his display during those practice sessions gave him an edge over Ezenwa and that the 18 players that travelled with them to Casablanca were all picked on merit.
“It was difficult for Ezenwa to break into the team after the periods Dauda has stayed with us since his apology was accepted by the management of the club at my request,” Abdallah told Goal.
“Dauda has shown tremendous progress since he resumed with the club and it was a unanimous decision to pick him ahead of other goalkeepers along with Afelokhai. We have gone to Morocco with the players that we feel will give us what we want against Raja.”
Enyimba travelled to Morocco with two goalkeepers: Dauda and Theophilus Afelokhai, six defenders namely: Andrew Abalogu, Ikouwem Udotin, Ernest Governor, Nelson Ogbonnaya, Isiaka Oladuntoye and Ifeanyi Anaemena.
Others that made the trip were Dare Ojo, Austin Oladapo, Chinedu Udeagha, Wasiu Alalade, Joseph Osadiaye, Abdulrahman Bashir, Stanley Dimgba, Stephen Chukwude, Sunday Adetunji, and Ibrahim Mustapha.