Ajax Cape Town coach Roger De Sa believes Tashreeq Morris did enough to earn his spot in the Olympics after returning from a knee injury which kept him sidelined for over six months.
The 21-year-old, who finished last as the Urban Warrior’s top goal scorer, suffered a serious knee injury in the Nedbank Cup final against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Roger De Sa followed Morris’ progress closely since his injury, ensuring he comes back stronger than ever and also accompanied him on his trial with Ajax Amsterdam, reports the Ajax Cape Town website.
De Sa insists he was more than delighted that the forward was called up to represent South Africa at the ongoing 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
‘Many people will remember the Nedbank Cup final against Sundowns where he got injured and spent six to seven months out,’ De Sa said.
‘He went on a massive rehabilitation programme here and came back in the second half of the season for us, but we didn’t see the best of him just yet, he’s got a long way to go, but in the end, he did well enough to get a call-up to the Olympics.
‘We are all very happy for him. Our boys have done their best to make us proud and we certainly are very proud of all of them,’ he concluded.
Over the course of his career, Morris has made a total of 63 appearances, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further five in all competitions for Ajax.