Richard Ofori’s untimely injury on the brink of the Qatar World Cup leading to his subsequent omission from Ghana’s World Cup squad is set to cost Orlando Pirates millions of rands.
Ofori was guaranteed a place in the Black Stars squad and would have been the only player to represent the DStv Premiership in Qatar.
However, the knee injury that he has been battling with for most of the last month has forced him out of the global showcase where Pirates would have been given almost USD 10 000 (approximately R173000) daily just for his presence there regardless of whether he plays or not.
FIFA pays an allowance to every club with a player at the World Cup for every day that the player remains with his national team at the tournament through the Club Benefits Programme.
This means Pirates would have received in the region of R3 million – which is the amount paid if Ghana come stuck in the group stages.
Should The Black Stars proceed further their group featuring Portugal, Uruguay, and Korea Republic then it would benefit Pirates even further.
At the last World Cup in Russia, Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was the only PSL player and his club Chippa United was paid about USD23700 (which was approximately R3,2 million at the time) even though he didn’t play with the Super Eagles going out in the first round.
The Black Stars are also without Joseph Wollacott after he suffered an injury during warm up ahead of Charlton Athletic’s League One match against Burton Albion.
"It is unfortunate for Ofori that he has had to miss the World Cup and I feel for him but then this is football," says fellow countryman and former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Mumuni Abubakar.
Abubakar has played in South Africa for a decade and is now in the books of Motsepe Foundation Championship club Casric Stars.
"I talk to him (Ofori) most of the time and I think he has accepted it in a sportsmanship way which is good because you need that.
"I would have been happy to see him play at the World Cup because it is everyone’s dream to play at the World Cup.
"We have our own plans, but God has the masterplan for all of us.
"We have been talking throughout the time when he has been battling with the injury and now it
"It would have been a plus for South African football if he went to the World Cup," says Abubakar.
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