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Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:05

Richard Ofori explains why he snubbed Mamelodi Sundowns Featured

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The Black Stars first choice goalkeeper has opened up on why he rescind his decision to to join Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ghana international Richard Ofori has disclosed the reasons behind his decision to pick Maritzburg United over Mamelodi Sundowns upon on his arrival in South Africa from Ghana Premier League side Wa All Stars (now Legon Cities FC).
Ofori was on the radar of several clubs following his exploits in the Ghana Premier League for over three seasons.
According to Ofori, he refused to join Sundowns after a successful trial due to the presence of Denis Oyango and Kennedy Mweene which could have resulted less playing time.
“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,” 
Ofori is currently on the radar of South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
His contract with Maritzburg United will expire in 2021
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