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19 Jan

Cosmos Dauda: I still have a lot to offer

A dark cloud loomed over Accra Hearts of Oak two seasons ago.  The Phobians had a torrid campaign in the championship and spent much of the season languishing at the wrong half of the table. 
The supporters of the club were left in a lurch- What could have gone wrong for their adored club? This is one of the many questions asked. The status quo led to the dismissal of some players of the club after the season. 
The Management went to the market scouring for talents with the wherewithal to restore the lost glory and bring hope to their bigoted fans.
One of the players identified and signed is Cosmos Dauda, from division One side, Tudu Mighty Jets. The athletically built striker wasted no time in announcing his presence and warming himself into the heart of many a Hearts faithful with his goals and appreciable work rate.
Dauda jinked in field from the flanks, his soft feet shuffling at terrifying speed, outwitting defenders and scoring goals. He was the kind of player who appears at the right place at the right time to put the ball away, a knack he often showed whenever he graced the pitch.
There is not a coach, who does not yearn to have a player of such quality at their disposal, for very often they make all the difference. 
Though the Phobians missed out on the championship title, they were convinced they had a new star (Cosmos Dauda) on their hands, a player that breathed new life into a side that appeared dissatisfied and demotivated-one who could bang in the goals as was done by Peter Lamptey, Ishmael Addo, Prince Tagoe and Mahatma Otoo.
Cosmos Dauda ended his debut season scoring 14 goals in all competitions- eleven in the league and three in the FA cup. The Hearts faithful were hopeful the season ahead was going to be a good one because Dauda was going to get better and improve upon his output in his debut season. The fans were head over heels when it came to Cosmos Dauda.
Flash forward to last season, Dauda’s performances jolted the fans out of that belief. Their striker’s stock significantly fell. The predator who worked doggedly to make opposition defenders sweat could rarely replicate such form that got him into the good books of the fans. Dauda could only record two goals in 19 appearances for the club- a feat that irked most of the fans who couldn’t just come to terms with why he was playing with such diffidence.
“Last season was tumultuous for me. Things just didn’t click. I know a lot was expected from me considering how good I was the previous season. It’s saddening but I am empowered to take it all in my strides. Things will soon change. I am now concentrating on the basics because I lost it. I am working very hard to get back to the goal poacher I was. As for the goals, trust me it will begin to rain soon because I still have a lot to offer. “He chirpily told
Dauda was however mindful of the thoughtfulness of his teammates, management and fans. “I feel very happy at the club. The coach, players, management, board and fans have been very supportive. They never gave up on me during the hard times but rather encouraged me to press on. There’s an aura of unity among us and that has been the secret behind our rosy campaign last term.”
Ahead of their match against Dreams FC on Sunday in the finals of G8 tournament, the burly striker is optimistic his club will emerge victors.
“The team is committed to the cause of the club, which is to win every trophy placed before us and the G8 is surely not an exception. Everybody is expected to muck in. I am expected to score more goals to help the club achieve this feat. I have always believed in my convictions and I know that task is not impossible to achieve.”
With Dauda showing glimpses of his old self last Sunday against Kotoko, I ask if the striker has now found the keys to lock his awful past and unlock goals that eluded him last term. Time will tell!
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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