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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Mamelodi Sundowns deny interest in goalkeeper Richard Ofori

South African side Mamelodi Sundowns have denied reports that they are on the verge of signing Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

The Wa All Stars shot stopper arrived in Johannesburg on Friday with sources at Wa All Stars telling Ghanasoccernet.com that Ofori has travelled to Pretoria to seal a permanent deal with the giants.

The player, who is currently on the books of Ghanaian Premier League side Wa All-Stars, reportedly trained with the Chloorkop-based club.

Former Masandawana scout and current technical director of the South African Coaches Association, Sudesh Singh last month confirmed that the 22-year-old had been invited for trials with the Tshwane giants.

“Sundowns is looking at dominating for a foreseeable future, currently Pitso (Mosimane) has invited Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori for trials and he sees him as a better competition to Denis Onyango,” Singh told Takoradi-based Empire FM.

“I can confirm that with the little I’ve heard and seen, Richard will be a good addition to the side and very soon he should be a Sundowns player.”

Ofori returned to Ghana two weeks ago before his latest trip which has confirmed that he is on the verge of sealing the Sundowns deal.

However, Sundowns media officer Thulani Thuswa, who vehemently denied such claims, putting to bed the rumours.

“There’s nothing like that,” Thuswa said.

The 2017 Caf Super Cup champions have already filled their foreign quota for the season which would make Ofori’s move highly unlikely.

Sundowns already have ample quality in the goalkeeping department with African based Player of the Year, Denis Onyango, Wayne Sandilands and Kennedy Mweene all within their ranks.

But Onyango will leave the club at the end of the season with a move to Europe looming, creating the space for Ofori to be signed.

Ofori’s only appearance at the competition came in Ghana’s third and fourth placed play-off against Burkina Faso.