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Pirates Boss Explains Ofori Outburst At FT

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori was left furious despite their 3-0 win over Royal Leopard due to his teammates’ actions, coach Mandla Ncikazi has confirmed.

Ofori who’s in his second game back since returning from a long-term injury was his vocal self throughout their CAF Confederation Cup clash on Sunday evening and marshalled his defence with his usual authority,

And despite keeping a clean sheet, his fury at full-time as he rushed into the dressing room was notable, with many left confused by the incident.

When asked by iDiski Times in the post-match press conference, Ncikazi admitted the Ghana international stopper was left unimpressed by the showboating of Neverdie Makhubela, Fortune Makaringe and Kabelo Dlamini.

“Ofori is a top professional, there’s a gap that we must bridge as South Africans. The kasi flavour versus showboating, depending on which podium you standing in, to look at if it was showboating or kasi flavour,” he said after the game.

“But for me it must achieve a tactical purpose, if you do it, don’t lose the ball after that and I was also angry after the behaviour of Makhubela, after what he did then he passed the opponent, then why do it in the first place?

“Not him only, Fortune Makaringe, after he’s done that, then put the ball in the right place, if it doesn’t go to the right place then it doesn’t help the team. Do it but it must achieve a tactical purpose. 

“We are South Africans, and if South Africans can go to these games in the location, I think they are more packed than games in the PSL, it must tell you that people want the flavour but you must just have a tactical purpose. [Ofori] was upset about that.”

Pirates currently lead Group B with nine points with two rounds of fixtures remaining before the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.