Tashreeq Morris explains Ajax’s youth success
Posted: 20 May 2015 Time: 13:44
Ajax Cape Town striker Tashreeq Morris says the club's youth products go on to have successful careers because they are not limited in terms of their abilities out there on the pitch.
The 2015 Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament was played in defence during his days with the Urban Warriors’ youth teams, but he is now a striker with a bright future having scored nine goals in 30 starts for Ajax this season.
Unfortunately for Morris, that bright future has suffered a setback after he was ruled out for six months with torn knee ligaments sustained in the Nedbank Cup Final.
Nevertheless, the Mitchell’s Plain-born marksman explains to KickOff.com that the approach to the game by Ajax’s youth coaches is one of the reasons many utility players have come through the ranks of the Cape Town side.
“Look, if you play for Ajax Cape Town, there are a lot of things happening in that academy. They teach you so many things, it is unbelievable. You play right-back, left-back, centre-back and now I’m a striker. So I know things about defending and attacking,” Morris says.
“Our assistant coach Ian Taylor was my coach at Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 and the Second Division team. He knows us quite well. A lot of our players played around the park at junior level so it is not a problem for us.
“If you look at the games I played throughout the season I played as a number nine, right-winger and left-winger. They don’t limit you at Ajax. It makes you a stronger player,” he concludes.