Tashreeq Morris talks up Bafana Bafana prospects
Posted: 19 June 2016 Time: 15:50
Ajax Cape Town striker Tashreeq Morris says he is hoping to walk in the footsteps of his teammates like Jody February, Rivaldo Coetzee and Abubakar Mobara by representing his country in the near future.
February, Coetzee and Mobara are all currently on national duty with the national Under-23 side participating in the Cosafa Cup in Namibia, with their 22-year-old club teammate saying that is the “ultimate achievement” for any soccer player.
Morris told KickOff.com: “Whenever I hear my teammates like 'Reeva' (Coetzee) and 'Barra' (Mobara) have been called up, then I’m really excited for their part.
“I embrace the moment with them . I’m not an individual that’s envious or jealous when some else achieves success and not me. No, that’s not my style. I always congratulate them.
“This drives and motivates me to work harder so that I can also get a call-up for the national team. To be called to represent my country for the U-23s or Bafana Bafana is the ultimate achievement and I know it will come one day.”
According to Morris, he can only achieve this feat if he stays injury-free for at least one whole season.
The Cape Town-born player returned at the back end of last season from a seven-month layoff with a knee injury, only to find his team battling at the wrong end of the table.
“This was a very difficult time for all of us. There I was itching to play and full of confidence while at the same time, the team was struggling to get points.
“I was aware that I couldn’t just walk straight into the team and needed to fight for my place … I’m just glad that’s all over and we can start from a clean slate next season.
“My objective is to play in every match. The more I play the better my chances to achieve the ultimate goal of representing my country with pride,” Morris concluded.