Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori is bullish ahead of their return to the CAF Champions League, saying they will go to make a statement.
Pirates will join the DStv Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns in the continental tournament next season, and the Ghanaian keeper, says they are not there to add numbers.
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Ofori is part of the Pirates squad that traveled to Spain for pre-season training and says the tournament Pirates won in 1995, is the biggest in Africa.
OFORI BULLISH AHEAD OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURN
The former Maritzburg United shot-stopper, Ofori is banking on the club’s experience in continental football, thus also issuing a warning to the rivals.
Speaking from the Buccaneers’ training camp in Spain this week, Ofori expressed delight in their return to the premier tournament, saying he is looking to make his debut.
“The CAF Champions League is one of the biggest tournaments we have on the African continent and it’s a dream to play in it,” said Ofori per SuperSport.
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“The competition is very good. As Orlando Pirates, we are in it to compete and not just there to add numbers.
“We’re going there to compete, and the other clubs know what Orlando Pirates can offer on a good day.”
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While he was part of the Wa All-Stars team that qualified for the Champions League in 2016, Ofori failed to participate in the tournament.
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The 29-year-old gloveman missed out on that experience and opportunity as he explored a myriad of other opportunities as he was wanted by European clubs.
Additionally, Ofori was also denied another major football showpiece when the Black Stars of Ghana failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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“Missing the Champions League and the World Cup was very challenging because every player’s dream is to play the biggest tournaments in the world,” he added.
“I was very disappointed not to be there. But whenever we were in camp with the team I watched South African football and I always wanted to play in this league.
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“I visited the Orlando Pirates training ground and I was impressed with the professionalism. I knew then I wanted to play for this club one day and now here I am.”
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