Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori has penned an emotional message to Maritzburg United boss Farook Kadodia.
The Ghanaian took to social media to thank his previous club and its supporters for the big role they played in his soccer career since arriving in the country a few years ago.
Ofori left United this week to join Pirates on a three-year deal and has already started training with the Mighty Buccaneers.
The new Bucs shot-stopper is in line to make his debut in the black and white when the Soweto giants visit AmaZulu in their first DStv Premiership game in Durban on Saturday.
Ofori says he will always regard Kadodia as his spiritual father.
"Mr Chairman... this is a special thanks to you as my spiritual father. We built a special bond that will not be broken by distance nor time," he wrote.
"You have taught me and raised me to be a strong and focused man. No words can express how thankful I am to you and your family in nearly every aspect of my life."
May God abundantly bless you and keep watching over you. The blue army is lucky to have a strong father and leader like you.
"To the fans, I can't thank you enough. You have always given me the best comfort. Even at our worst times, you made me feel expendable [sic] and at our best you made me feel nothing but love.
"To my teammates, you are friends that became my chosen family and the bond will forever be. To the technical team, thanks for grooming me into the best of my abilities and I shall forever honour that."
Ofori was not shortlisted for PSL Goalkeeper of the Season – see how he fared last season compared to the other goalkeepers