Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has explained why goalkeeper, Richard Ofori felt it was important to play against Black Leopards on Sunday, two days after losing his mother.
Ofori’s mother, Mary Ankamah, passed away on Friday 14 August.
The Ghanaian was in goals for the Team of Choice during the 3-2 defeat by Lidoda Duvha at FNB Stadium on Sunday and Tinkler has since revealed that Ofori chose to play in order to honour his mother.
“It was always going to be difficult (to play) obviously we are all aware that he lost his mother,” said Tinkler.
“We obviously sat him down and we asked him how he felt, he felt fine, he wanted to play. He felt that it was important to play to honour the memory of his mother and that was the case,” he said.
Tinkler has also come to the defence of the 26-year-old following his mistake which led to Leopards first goal.
“All players are human, he made a mistake, whether that has anything to do with the fact that his mom died, I don’t think so. I think he is human, he is bound to make mistakes and it happens. You know the qualities that he has and the quality that he presents,” added Tinkler.
Maritzburg will face Mamelodi Sundowns in their next Absa Premiership match on Friday, 21 August.
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