Nasief Morris

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Nasief Morris
Personal information
Full name Mogammat Nasief Morris
Date of birth (1981-04-16) 16 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Santos Cape Town
Number 5
Youth career
Santos Cape Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Santos Cape Town 19 (1)
2001–2003 Aris 48 (2)
2003–2010 Panathinaikos 118 (0)
2008–2009 Recreativo (loan) 37 (1)
2009–2010 Racing Santander (loan) 12 (1)
2010–2011 Apollon Limassol 13 (0)
2011–2012 SuperSport United 3 (0)
2012 Santos Cape Town (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2014 Santos Cape Town 49 (4)
2014– Milano United 0 (0)
National team
2004–2009 South Africa 37 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mogammat Nasief Morris (born 16 April 1981) is a South African footballer who plays for Santos Cape Town in the National First Division as a central defender.

He left his country in 2001 to pursue a career in Europe, going on to play mostly in Greece but also in Spain and Cyprus.

Morris gained 37 caps for South Africa, during five years.

Club career[edit]

Greece[edit]

Born in Cape Town, Morris started his career at local Santos Football Club before joining Greek side Aris F.C. in June 2001, for 350.000. In his second season in the Superleague he appeared in 27 games (two goals) as the Thessaloniki club finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup.

After two years, Morris joined fellow top-divisioner Panathinaikos FC. He made his UEFA Champions League debut on 1 October 2003 in a 1–1 group stage home draw against Rangers.[1] During his five years with the team he never appeared in less than 21 league matches, as his team won the double in the 2003–04 campaign; additionally, he played in 14 Champions League and 18 UEFA Cup contests.

Spain[edit]

At the beginning of 2008–09, Morris was loaned out to Recreativo de Huelva in Spain.[2] He made his La Liga debut on 31 August 2008, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 derby away win against Real Betis.[3]

Morris only missed one league game for the Andalusians, scoring on 3 May 2009 in 2–1 away triumph over CA Osasuna in the last minute,[4] but Recre eventually suffered relegation. In the following season, still on loan, he joined another Spanish top level club, Racing de Santander.[5]

Morris started in his first games with the Cantabrians, but eventually was only third or fourth-choice stopper – 11 appearances in the first 15 rounds, only one in the following 23. On 5 May 2010, he was sent off in a 1–5 home loss against Sevilla FC.[6]

Later years[edit]

In July 2010, after it was revealed that Panathinaikos would net extend his contract with the club, Morris signed with Cypriot side Apollon Limassol.[7] After one season, the 30-year-old returned to his country and joined SuperSport United FC.[8]

International career[edit]

Morris made his debut with the South African national team in 2004. In that same year, he was temporarily suspended by FIFA from all competitions after attempting to attack a referee during a 1–2 loss against Zambia on 21 February.[9]

Morris was selected for the Bafana Bafana squad that appeared in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, in an eventual group stage exit in Ghana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers denied in Athens". BBC Sport. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official, Nasief Morris will play for Recreativo Huelva". Football Press. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Real Betis 0–1 Recreativo Huelva". ESPN Soccernet. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Osasuna 1–2 Recreativo Huelva". ESPN Soccernet. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nasief Morris es el tercer fichaje" [Nasief Morris is third signing] (in Spanish). Web del Racing. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sevilla run riot". ESPN Soccernet. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "No glamour move for Morris". Kick Off. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Nasief Morris signs with Supersport United". Goal.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "SA defender gets Fifa ban". BBC Sport. 15 March 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 

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