Wa All Stars are not only the reigning Ghana Premier League champions. The Upper West side have their skipper goalkeeper Richard Ofori progressively establishing himself as Ghana’s number one.
Kwesi Appiah kept faith in the towering glovesman, and Richard Ofori grabbed the opportunity with open arms and made it count. It easy to predict Ofori’s future with the club, having reporting agreed a deal with a South African club.
But Wa All Stars will not lose sleep over Ofori’s imminent departure, despite the him being a monstrous figure for the side.
The Blues are specialized in the production of quality goalkeepers since their induction into the league a decade ago.
From Robert Dabuo, to Ali Yussif, David Kipo and Issah Najahu, Wa All Stars have consistently showed their adroitness in unearthing young quality goalkeepers – and Richard Ofori’s four seasons with the club lays credence to this fact.
When Ofori was away with the Black Stars during the 2017 Afcon in Gabon, All Stars unleashed a young goalkeeper, Rashid Seidu, who would go on to play in some of the club’s crucial premier league games.
Seidu, 22, is a product of the Kumasi Asante Kotoko youth set up, and has had stints with Nigerienne league champions AS Douanes and Bechem United.
He was recommended to the Upper West side by Kotoko legend Malik Jabir, who had scouted him during his spell as technical director of Bechem United.
The young goalkeeper, who has already been penciled by the All Stars technical handlers as the perfect replacement for the departing Ofori, is confident of a breakthrough season.
He was given a rare opportunity by in a league game against Aduana Stars in Dormaa and wowed the crowd with his acrobatic displays.
Not only does he see not Richard Ofori as a competitor but regard him as an experienced goalkeeper whom he intend to learn a lot from.
Despite remaining hopeful of earning more playing time, Seidu did not mince words in heaping kind words on Richard Ofori.
“It is normal that when you join a club for the first time, somebody must welcome you and give you the welcoming face. Richard Ofori is the type you will want to be with all day long.
“Aside his status as a national asset he gives his best in training and offers a helping hand when necessary. To me he is a Siamese twin and I don’t see him as a rival. He is a partner.
“I am enjoying my time in Wa All Stars for now despite spending just one season with the club. My best games do far has been the Aduana Stars game in Dormaa and the 3-0 win over Berekum Chelsea in Wa. Hopefully , I will build on these games to earn the trust of the club”, Seidu told Sports Crusader exclusively.
The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko goalie has had cameo appearances for Wa All Stars this season long playing in all three competitions for the champions.
He manned the goal post in the CAF champions league qualifiers as well the Super Cup win over Bechem United before taking command of the sticks in the early part of the season.