We can’t try a player now’ – Fatau Dauda on decision to select Fredrick Asare ahead of Solomon Agbesi

Black Stars’ assistant coach, Fatau Dauda, has explained his selection of Frederick Asare from Asante Kotoko over Dreams FC’s Solomon Agbasi for Ghana’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Asare, earning his second call-up, impressed in the Ghana Premier League despite Kotoko’s inconsistent run.

Competing against St. Gallen’s Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Hibernian’s Jojo Wollacot, questions arose regarding Agbesi’s exclusion despite his impressive Confederation Cup campaign.

Dauda clarifies, “I have about five or six local goalkeepers in my books… but it’s about decision… We had 10 days in Morocco to prepare for those two matches… and we took them through a lot of tactics so the coach [Otto Addo] has a good idea about them.”

“These are qualifying games and you can’t try a player now, the only time sometimes you can try a player is when you are going to play a friendly game so I am very hopeful maybe another time when there’s a friendly match, we will give another players it goalkeepers chance to play.

“So these goalkeepers, I’ve been monitoring them both locally and foreign, they are in my books, I take data from them so we have a lot of goalkeepers who can play for the national team in the future.”

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