Ghanaian Goalkeeper Named One of the Captains of South African Giants Orlando Pirates

Ghanaian Goalkeeper Named One of the Captains of South African Giants Orlando Pirates

  • Richard Ofori has been named as vice captain of South Africa Premier Soccer League side Orlando Pirates
  • The Black Stars shot-stopper will deputize Innocent Maela as the leaders of the club on and off the pitch
  • The Ghanaian goalkeeper joined the Bucs in 2020 from rivals Maritzburg United and has since been an integral part of the club

Ghana goalkeeper, Richard Ofori, has been appointed vice captain of South African topflight side Orlando Pirates.

Richard Ofori will deputize experienced defender Innocent Maela, who has been named captain following the departure of Happy Jele.

The club confirmed the new leadership roles on their official website as the South African topflight league returns in the first week of August.

Richard Ofori, Ghana, Black Stars, Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates have named Richard Ofori as vice captain ahead of new season. Credit: @ghanasoccernet
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"Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm the appointment of a new Captain and Vice-Captain ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season," wrote the club on their official website.

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"Long serving defender Innocent Maela will take up the Captaincy role following the departure of Happy Jele, with Goalkeeper Richard Ofori taking up the role of Vice-Captain."

Richard Ofori joined Orlando Pirates in October 2020 and has gone on to be a key figure at the club, leading the team to the finals of the CAF Confederation Cup last season.

The 28-year-old and Innocent Maela are expected to lead the club back to the top of the South African league.

Richard Ofori has enormous experience internationally and also serves as second deputy captain of the Ghana national team, having made 25 appearances for the Black Stars.

The DSTV Premier League starts in the first week of August.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that if it was Edward "Magents" Motale's decision to make, Ghanaian international Richard Ofori would become the new Orlando Pirates captain.

With Happy Jele having left the club, Jose Riveiro will look for someone to fill in his very large shoes ahead of the new season.

According to The Citizen, Thabang Monare, Thembinkosi Lorch, Olisa Ndah, Ben Motshwari and Ofori would make for suitable team captains.

Source: Sports Brief News