Ofori Maritzburg's goalkeeper fix
Posted: 22 July 2017 Time: 11:39
Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia is hopeful new Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori will provide his side with more security between the sticks this season.
The Team of Choice recently parted ways with Namibian stopper Virgil Vries who, although he was the club's number one, perpetrated a number of serious mistakes last season.
Ofori played in his homeland for Wa All Stars, before switching to United, and in 2015 he was named Goalkeeper of the Season and the following season he helped his side to win the Ghana Premier Laegue title.
Since Kwesi Appiah returned as Ghana national team coach, Ofori has played all three matches including the last friendly against USA where the Black Stars lost 2-1.
"This goalkeeping position has been a bit challenging for us over the last year or so but we didn't have this area of concern to the team and we had a goal market value aggressively to get the really number one," reveals Kadodia, one of the most hands-on chairmen in the PSL.
"There were options we were looking at locally like Wayne Sandilands but that is history now and Wayne Sandilands have since moved to Orlando Pirates [from Mamelodi Sundonws] and that's done.
"But fortunately for us we were also having Richard under the microscope and on the radar, and we believed that he was an ideal 'keeper but we also have discretion that a big signing like Richards is not easy to get and it took us time.
"He had other offers in South Africa and he believed that Maritzburg is the right club for him. He's quite young. He's looking for game time and we at Maritzburg believe that he's an ideal player for us and that he'll fill the shoes of the number one 'keeper.
"In the last three years he has taken big steps from the Under-23 side to the senior team in Ghana and that record speaks volumes."
Maritzburg are still assessing former Bidvest Wits and Stellenbosch FC goalkeeper Jethren Barr and the club will make a deicision in the next day or two.
Meanwhile, former Mamelodi Sundowns, Atletico Madrid, Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars striker Robin Ngalande is no longer training with the club as the chairman felt he was not what they were looking for.