Maritzburg United boss Erik Tinkler has jumped to the defence of Ghanaian keeper Richard Ofori following his below-average performance in their 3-2 defeat to relegation-threatened Black Leopards.
Tinkler mentioned that the player was not himself following his mother’s death and it was normal for it to affect him in a game
“It was always going to be difficult to play, obviously we are all aware that he lost his mother,” Tinkler emphasized.
“We obviously sat him down and asked him how he felt and he wanted to play. He felt it was important to honour the memory or his late mother.
“All players are human, he made mistakes. Whether that has anything to do with the fact that he lost his mother, I don’t think so. He is human and bound to make mistakes and it happens.
“You know the qualities that he has and the quality that he presents.”
Maritzburg are expected to give Ofori some time off to come to Ghana for the arrangements of his mother’s funeral.