Sports News of Tue, 4 Apr 201710
Fatau Dauda calls on CAF to consider local players on the continent for CHAN
Black Stars second choice goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has repeated his appeal to the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to consider allowing native players who play for clubs on the continent to play in the CHAN tournament.
The Championship of Africa Nations is a tournament played on the continent by locally based players introduced by CAF in 2009.
But the Enyimba shot stopper thinks that limiting the tournament to only locally based players will not only prevent others of having national caps, but also reduces the quality of the competition.
“CAF must start considering that. In terms of marketing, it will add more to the competition.
“It will make the tournament attractive and competitive because it will simply epitomize AFCON just that it wouldn’t involve players outside the continent.
“Ghana has a lot of exceptional players who play in other African countries but are unable to get into the Black Stars due to stiff competition. The same thing applies to Nigeria, Cameroon, and all other countries.
“So if CAF can consider that, it will also afford those players some national caps,” Fatau argued.
He argues that since the players are all based on the African continent, CAF should consider allowing them to play to increase the market value of the competition.
The experienced goalie first made the call when he was playing for AshGold last season before moving to Nigerian side Enyimba.
With the new CAF leadership, Dauda is likely to get his appeal upheld as many have argued that the rules for the competition must be altered.
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