Ghana defender Samuel Ofori named best foreign player in Tajikistan

A Young Ghanaian defender, Sam­uel Ofori has been named the best foreign player in Tajikistan.

The feat was chalked after his first season in the Tajikistani league where he features as a top defender for club side, FC Ravshan Kulob which gained a historic qualification for the AFC Cup.

He brushed aside a stern challenge from Glib Grachov of Ukraine, Gonzalo Ritacco of Argentina, Kosmynin of Belarus, Saman­dor Ochilov of Uzbekistan, Sergey Garan­zha of Russia, Tony Bikital of Cameroon and Innocent Kouassi of Cote d’Ivoire.

Ofori, 23 has played 20 from the 22 league games for Kulob in the 2022 Vyssha­ya League campaign, missing the other two only through suspension for accumulated yellow cards

In the end, the lanky 6’1 ft defender’s aerial prowess and presence at the back pro­pelled Kulob to the runner-up finish in the Asian country, just a solitary point ahead of both 3rd and 4th placed, FK Khujand and FK Khatlon respectively.

The award pushed Ofori above the over 70 foreign players in the Tajik league in 2022.

Striker Iddris Aminu fired in the goals to power champions Istiklol Dushanbe to the title by a massive 13 points, and deserved­ly made the top three of the best foreign player race alongside compatriot Godson Quaye, goalkeeper of fourth placed FC Khatlon.

“I feel great because I worked really hard for this and it makes me so happy to be rec­ognised, considering the many good foreign players in the league. Hard work pays so I’m going to work even harder to achieve my dreams,” said Ofori who is currently on holidays in Ghana.

Speaking to the Times Sports, Ofori’s local manager, Mr Evans Bernie-Johnson, praised the defender for settling well a sea­son after leaving South African second tier, Dolphins.

“I’m extremely proud of him. There are so many great players but my boy was able to beat them all to the award, glory be to God. This is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see him play for a top club in Europe and the Champions League soon; not forgetting the Black Stars of Ghana.


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