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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL / Twitter

Orlando Pirates star and club at loggerheads over pay increase?

Orlando Pirates management and goalkeeper Richard Ofori are struggling to reach an agreement over a contract extension

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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL / Twitter

Orlando Pirates are struggling to reach an agreement with star man Richard Ofori over a new contract.

Ofori’s contract comes to an end in June and local reports suggest the player’s staggering wage demands are proving to be a stumbling block in an extension.

Further reports suggest Ofori has rejected the Buccaneers’ latest contract extension offer.

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The Ghanaian goalkeeper has struggled with injury this season and last featured for Orlando Pirates in October 2022.

Sipho Chaine has slotted in well as his replacement making the next few months all the more interesting for Ofori.

Will the club give in to his demands or will Ofori lower his demands? It remains to be seen….

Ofori rejects Orlando Pirates extension offer

“Orlando Pirates and goalkeeper Richard Ofori are said to be struggling to come to a conclusion regarding a new contract. A source at the Buccaneers has revealed.” – a Citizen report read.

“The Ghanaian goalkeeper’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and has been offered a new deal by Pirates.

“But, the problem is money. He wants huge money, I can’t even mention these figures.” a source said.

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Orlando Pirates stopper Richard Ofori in action for the Buccaneers. @rich.ofori on Instagram

In other news, Rising Zimbabwean star Prince Ndlovu undergoing a week-long trial at Orlando Pirates.

The promising 17-year-old attacking midfielder who currently plays for Zimbabwean giants Highlanders FC is due to be assessed by Jose Riveiro’s side.

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Ndlovu was linked with a move to Croatian side HNK Vukovar 1991 however reports suggest that move was prevented by visa issues.

And now, the talented midfielder will reportedly be given a chance to impress at the Mayfair club.

The Buccaneers currently have Kabelo Dlamini and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo who can slot into that number 10 role.

While Ndlondlo’s preferred position is slightly further back, Dlamini hasn’t proved himself in the free-role position despite a number of opportunities to do so.

A breath of fresh air in the form of a young yet highly skilled Zimbabwean may be just what Jose Riveiro needs to spark his team’s attacking play.

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Bucs welcome 17-year-old starlet on trial

“Ndlovu left yesterday with an evening flight. He will be on trial from the 20th to the 26th of March,” Highlanders’ Communication and Marketing Officer Nozibelo Maphosa told ThisIsFootball.

According to the same publication, Ndlovu already spent two weeks on trial at the Buccaneers in January 2023.

Orlando Pirates duo of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Deon Hotto. Photo: Orlando Pirates
Deon Hotto has enjoyed good game time at the Buccaneers since joining them from Bidvest Wits. Photo: Orlando Pirates

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