Richard Ofori wanted by DStv Premiership after Orlando Pirates exit

Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori has attracted interest from a club in the DStv Premiership after his departure from Orlando Pirates.

Last week, the Buccaneers announced the release of the 30-year-old goalkeeper along with other players at the end of their contracts.

Ezimnyama Ngenkani also parted company with Siyabonga Mpontshane, Thabang Monare and Kermit Erasmus. Earlier in the same week, they had confirmed the departures of Fortune Makaringe and Souaibou Marou.

Ofori departed the Soweto giants after a four-year spell, having joined them from Maritzburg United in 2020.

Injuries disrupted his expected smooth sailing at the club. Initially, Ofori shared goalkeeping duties with Mpontshane before the arrival of Sipho Chaine. He eventually lost the number one spot to Chaine when he was on the sidelines due to long-term injury.

Last season, Ofori played in one competition only, making three CAF Champions League appearances at the start of the season.

WHICH DSTV PREMIERSHIP CLUB IS INTERESTED IN RICHARD OFORI?

According to Soccer Laduma, in his search for a new club, SuperSport United have emerged as potential suitors for Ofori, aiming to replace Ricardo Goss who will be heading back to his parent club Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of next season.

Goss spent the last two seasons with Matsatsantsa on loan. He had joined them when Sundowns signed Ronwen Williams from the Swanky Boys at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign.

With the expected Goss's departure, SuperSport will be left with Washington Arubi and Samukelo Xulu as their goalkeeping options.

However, Arubi, who’s now 38 years old, will see his contract expire at the end of June. Afrik-Foot understands the club has yet to make a decision on the future of the Zimbabwean goalkeeper.

In January, club CEO Stan Matthews told FARPost that Arubi would be retained if the club qualified for CAF competitions.

“If we finish in the top three again and qualify for Africa [interclub] competitions, for sure, we will retain Washington,” said Matthews.

“With Ricardo [Goss] going back to Sundowns, we look to rebuild our goalkeeping department.”

Their failure to qualify for CAF competitions adds further uncertainty to his situation.

OTHER TWO GOALKEEPERS WHO HAVE BEEN LINKED WITH SUPERSPORT 

Edward Maova

SuperSport are said to have already expressed their interest in the 29-year-old.

The AmaTuks goalkeeper, instrumental in their reaching the PSL Promotional Playoffs from the Motsepe Foundation Championship, is reportedly attracting interest from other DStv Premiership sides.

Denis Onyango

Onyango's contract at Mamelodi Sundowns is coming to an end, and SuperSport are hoping to lure him with the promise of guaranteed playing time.

They are facing competition from Chippa United who have also identified Ugandan goalkeeper as a target to bolster their goalkeeping department taking into account the imminent exits of Stanley Nwabali and Lloyd Kazapua.

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