Tashreeq Morris embraces experience gained at Rio Olympic Games
Posted: 16 August 2016 Time: 15:50
South Africa under-23 striker Tashreeq Morris has embraced the experience gained during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Morris made three substitute appearances for Owen Da Gama's side during their group stage fixtures before being eliminated from the competition a week ago.
The 22-year-old centre forward, however, expressed his delight in making his international debut at the prestigious spectacle in Brazil and says he expected the team to do much better.
“It’s a really good experience for me at the Olympics. It was an honour to represent my country for the first time and at such a high level as well," Morris told his club's website.
"Seeing the team play during the build-up to the Olympics I thought we would do much better at the Olympics than what we did.
"After the first match against Brazil, I really thought we could go further as well, especially with the performances some of our players put in."
The Ajax Youth Academy graduate also reserved praise for former teammates Abbubaker Mobara, who has since joined Orlando Pirates, as well as Bafana Bafana centre-back Rivaldo Coetzee.
“My former teammate Abbubaker Mobara was absolutely outstanding. He really amazed me, I got goose bumps watching him play while I was on the bench.
"He basically marked one of the top players in world football out of the game.
"Rivaldo Coetzee was also very good in all of the matches. He showed maturity out there, so it was amazing for me to play alongside them."