South Africa topped Group G on Monday night when Bongokohle Halongway’s 83rd-minute goal gave the hosts a victory over the West African Giants.
Richard O’Fourley played for the Orlando Pirates against the Souls FC on Saturday after suffering an injury during a 1-0 defeat to Ghana’s Bafana Bafana in the World Cup Group G qualifiers at the FNB Stadium on Monday evening. Looked suspicious.
Hlongwane’s goal was scored against reserve keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi, not against his former Maritzburg club Matt O’Fourley, whose night ended at the hour mark, after which he appeared to have back pain.
Back injuries do not heal quickly. Given Ofuri’s discomfort and the fact that he was brought down on a stretcher, there is a strong possibility that he will not play in the Buckeyes League fixture against the Souls at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Injury is not the only problem.
Putting aside the injury, Ofuri had several other troubling moments against Bafana Bafana and at times he looked shaky and lacking in confidence.
In the first half, there was a free kick by Teboho Mokina, which was dropped by Ofuri at the feet of Motobi Mwala and fortunately he was not punished.
And to say that he was lucky not to be punished, when he dropped the cross from Mokina in the second half, would be a small thing – by allowing him to have a normal grip through it, Ofuri relieved. Seen from and perhaps somehow as a blasphemy, Buffana striker Evidence McGupa slides the ball from the wrong side of the post almost inside the net.
It’s not just on the international stage that Ofuri has made recent mistakes, he has already made two high profile mistakes for the box this season and has failed to regain the form for his new club that Showed up during his time with Martzburg United.
A chronic problem on the back.
Ever since the tragic deaths of former Sea Robbers and Buffana Buffana number one Senzo Mewa, Bucks has struggled to find a regular and reliable shot stopper.
The likes of Jackson Mabugwan, Georges Daley, Brighton Mahlungo and Felipe Ono have come and gone in the last five years, while Van Sandlands and Ciabonga Impontishin, the current two-box reservoir, are probably their best years behind them.
Already struggling for power, caretaker Pirates coaches Mandela Nkazi and Fidlo Davids now have another problem, their goalkeeper, to turn their heads.