Soccer transfer

Sports: Why I Didn’t Sign For Sundowns – Ofori

Richard Ofori is again now being linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns, but the goalkeeper has confirmed he very nearly joined them.

The Ghanaian shot stopper has spent the last three seasons at Maritzburg United after he opted to go there instead of competing with Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene 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.

He then explained why Sundowns, in the end, proved not to be the ideal destination for him to begin his top-flight career in Mzansi.

“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 speculation mounting regarding his next move, 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.