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Performances of Ghanaian players in South Africa

This season’s Absa Premiership sees no less than five Ghanaian-born players currently pursuing their football careers in Africa’s southernmost nation.In case you maybe be unsure, the names from Ghana playing in South Africa this season are Richard Ofori, Mohammed Anas, Edwin Gyimah, Richard Boateng and Samuel Darpoh… so how are they doing?If there’s one Ghanaian who is flying the nation’s flag the highest in Mzansi, it is without question Maritzburg United’s goalkeeper Richard Ofori.Though Ofori’s side is uncomfortable in the relegation zone, the charismatic stopper has done a lot to catch the attention of possible suitors, the latest being the mighty Orlando Pirates.The full list of players & statistics:Richard Ofori – Maritzburg United21 appearances & 20 goals concededMohammed Anas – Polokwane City strikerTwo goals from 11 appearancesEdwin Gyimah – Bidvest Wits midfielderZero goals from three appearancesRichard Boateng – SuperSport United left-backZero goals from three appearancesSamuel Darpoh – AmaZulu midfielderZero goals from eight appearancesOnly Boateng may be in action tonight with SuperSport United taking on Orlando Pirates.

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SAFA president overlooks decline in Bafana’s record

No doubting Danny Jordaan's adept qualities as a salesman, but the SAFA president appears to have overlooked the decline in the achievements of the flagship and benchmark Bafana Bafana since 2002 while lauding South African soccer's controlling body following the recent qualification of Amajita for FIFA's under-20 World Cup event in Poland.No matter what the achievements of the other national teams – and this is not meant to minimise Amajita's sterling effort or that of Banyana in reaching the finals of the FIFA women's World Cup in France – but like any other country universally the status of South African soccer will largely be judged on the record of the men's senior team.And, in this respect, Bafana will need to make up a good deal of lost ground after failing to qualify for a Soccer World Cup tournament since 2002 – the 2010 appearance was based solely on the hosting of the event – and steadily slipping from an all-time high world ranking of 16th some 20 years ago to a current modest 74th place.At the same time, South Africa earned the dubious record of becoming the only hosting country to be eliminated in the opening round…