Samuel Ofori named best foreign player in Tajikistan

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Young Ghanaian defender, Samuel Ofori is celebrating a hugely successful first season in Tajikistan after being named the best foreign player, having guarded his side, FC Ravshan Kulob to a historic AFC Cup qualification.

Ofori, 23, played 20 of 22 league games for Kulob in the 2022 Vysshaya League campaign, missing the other two only through suspension for accumulated yellow cards, and earning many man-of-the-match accolades in the process.

In the end, the lanky defender’s aerial prowess and presence at the back greatly 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.

Not did it come with qualification by Rashvan Kulob to a playoff spot in next season’s AFC Cup, Asia’s second tier club tournament, it also helped Samuel Ofori leap over about 70 foreign players as the very best in the Tajik league in 2022.

— Ferdinand A Baah