In 2017, Ghana international goalkeeper Richard Ofori had a trial with Mamelodi Sundowns, before he went on to sign with Maritzburg United.
Although he did well and passed with flying colours, Ofori turned down the Brazilians’ offer of a deal and opted to sign with Pietermaritzburg club instead, when he left Ghana Premier League side Wa All Stars for Mzansi.
In doing so, the shot-stopper was concerned that he would not have been guaranteed regular game-time at the Chloorkop club.
As the number one of the Team of Choice, Ofori has been impressive with his performances over the seasons as he also emerged as one of the top keepers in the league, which has led to him attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Orlando Pirates.
“He made a good choice, because they (Sundowns) had Denis Onyango and there was also Kennedy (Mweene). But I would always choose Richie over Kennedy,” said Ronnie Kanalelo, who was Ofori’s goalkeeper trainer at Maritzburg.
“Three years so – that time Richie went for trials at Sundowns – I think it was Onyango and Kennedy (playing) all the time. He (Ofori) wouldn’t be where he is at the moment (if he went to Sundowns). The move would have derailed his progress,” the ex-Sundowns keeper told the Siya crew.
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