Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates target Richard Ofori confirmed how he nearly joined the reigning Absa Premiership champions, and why he turned down their offer.
The Maritzburg United shot-stopper, who spent the last three seasons with the KwaZulu-Natal-based club, reveals how at some point he opted to join the Team of Choice instead of competing with Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene in Downs upon his arrival in the Premier Soccer League.
“In the three years that I have been in South Africa a lot has changed, it’s been very good for me as a player and as a person. This was my first contract playing outside Ghana, so I feel much appreciated and happy,” said Ofori during a virtual press conference as quoted by Soccer Laduma
The Ghanian international also explained why a move to Chloorkop was not ideal for him at that stage of his career.
“I first came here for trials at Sundowns and after they gave me that opportunity they decided they would sign me, but because of (no guaranteed) game-time I then came to Maritzburg. I have obviously grown – the Richard that came to South Africa three years ago is not the Richard that you see now,” the goalie explained.
With recent speculation mounting regarding his next move after being linked again to the PSL giants, Ofori stressed that his focus remains giving his all for the Team of Choice.
“I have the experience and I know how things are done now, so automatically I won’t be the same player. But the most important thing is that now I am enjoying my time here at my current club – I can’t talk much about what the future holds, I am concentrating more on Maritzburg United,” added the player whose contract runs until June 2021.