JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates’ new goalkeeper Richard Ofori understands the expectations that come with donning the well-known black and white jersey of the membership however concedes the group will want to pull in a single path this season.
At the beginning of the continuing switch window, rumours have been rife that Pirates had lastly secured the companies of the Ghanaian No 1 from Maritzburg United after a prolonged means of in search of a goalkeeper who might compete with Wayne Sandilands for the No 1 jersey.
Taking to their social media platforms yesterday, Pirates lastly unveiled Ofori, with defender Puleng Tlolane becoming a member of the Team of Choice.
Given that Pirates are one of many groups on the high within the hierarchy of South African soccer, Ofori is properly conscious of what’s at stake in his new job however confused that he’ll additionally want his teammates to come to the fore if they’re to problem for silverware this season.
“It’s a team sport and at the end of the day, you need to be one and try to win things. I am here to work but I can’t do it alone. We need to move as a team. I know that as a team we can do a lot for the Orlando Pirates family,” Ofori mentioned.
Ofori grew to become the sixth signing for coach Josef Zinnbauer throughout this switch window, the membership having already lured Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Deon Hotto, Thabang Monare, Wayde Jooste and Collins Makgaka to Mayfair.
With Hlatshwayo and membership captain Happy Jele within the coronary heart of Pirates’ defence this season, supported by wing-backs Jooste and Innocent Maela as proper and left, Ofori can’t wait to get the ball rolling at his new membership.
“It’s a very good feeling to play with big giants. It’s a very good feeling because normally when you are playing, you’ll be in front of the team, but now when you look around you have people around that you know can fight for the badge,” Ofori mentioned.
Ofori is trying ahead to hitting the bottom operating at Bucs, particularly after reuniting with former coach, and present assistant, Fadlu Davids, who introduced him to Maritzburg three years in the past.
Ofori is predicted to be a part of the match-day squad when the Buccaneers – who conflict with arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs within the MTN8 semi-finals – start their DStv Premiership marketing campaign at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium towards AmaZulu on Saturday (8.15pm kickoff).