'Ofori signing like bringing in Middendorp'


Orlando Pirates' legendary ex-goalkeeper Innocent 'Ayobayo' Mayoyo is not pleased with his former club adding a foreign goalkeeper to their squad.

The Buccaneers announced the signing of Richard Ofori from Maritzburg United last week and the Ghana international made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday evening.

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Mayoyo, a former Mpumalanga Black Aces coach who owns his own academy of goalkeepers, believes the arrival of another foreign shot-stopper does not bode well for younger South African keepers.

"In all the teams, how many goalkeepers are South Africans?" Mayoyo asks KickOff.com.

"Goalkeeping is a big issue in the country when it comes to development. Number one, under-11 goalkeepers in South Africa are playing in oversized goalposts meant for adults. So how are you going to discover a goalkeeper?

"Every day he will be demotivated because goalkeeping is about making saves. So if you put a nine-year-old goalkeeper in the same goalposts that Innocent Mayoyo plays in, he's not going to make any saves. So when he is 13, 14 years he runs away from that position because it's embarrassing him. You will only know this if you are in development. 

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"Then if you are bringing in Richard Ofori, it's still the same as signing a [Ernst] Middendorp, more than Pitso Mosimane. Whatever that you will be investing in him either with coaching, either with training, either with capacity, either financially... still it's not developing South Africa. His performance is not changing the spectrum of football.

"You look at the number one team in South Africa and Africa, Sundowns, all their number ones are people from outside. They replace one foreigner with another. It shows with Itumeleng Khune that if a club is prepared to invest in a young boy and groom him, we won't encounter any problems when he is older.

"As the club's supporters we have never said [Wayne] Sandilands is not playing well. Every year these clubs are bringing in 10 players."

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