The latest news regarding Maritzburg United’s Richard Ofori will have repercussions for any clubs interested in the shot-stopper, so what about Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns now?
Ofori, 26, has cemented his place as one of the best goalkeepers in the country since his move to South Africa a few years ago, and his form between the sticks under Eric Tinkler has been a key reason as to why the club has managed to climb up towards the top end of the table.
It has previously been reported that the likes of Pirates and Sundowns were keen on the goalkeeper, and with his contract expiring at the end of season he may have been available on the cheap.
That being said, it was always expected that Maritzburg would not risk losing the stopper for nothing, so the fact that they have now confirmed to the Siya crew that they have extended his stay until 2021 has not come as a surprise.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma this week Quintin Jettoo, Maritzburg’s Football and Operations Manager, confirmed that they have officially exercised the option on the stopper’s contract for one more year.
Jettoo told the crew, “Yeah, we’re delighted to have exercised the one-year option on Richard’s contract. He’s been a big player for us since his arrival, and we’re obviously eager to keep progressing as a football club with him here.
“As the Chairman has previously said, there’s been no offers from anyone else regarding Richard, and he’s fully focused on finishing the season strongly for us whenever we can get playing again.”
For interested parties, the exercising of Ofori’s contract does not mean that he is 100% unavailable, it just means that Maritzburg hold all the cards with regards to the terms of a potential move, and it could price out some teams from being able to afford him.
Ofori has been a rock at the back for the Team of Choice since his arrival at the club, and would be a difficult man to replace in the future should Maritzburg receive an offer that was too good to refuse.