Surprise Moriri

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Surprise Moriri
Personal information
Full name Surprise Mohlomolleng Moriri[1]
Date of birth (1980-03-20) 20 March 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Matibidi, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Second striker
Club information
Current team
Highlands Park
Number 14
Youth career
Wattville Watford Brothers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Silver Stars 51 (19)
2004–2016 Mamelodi Sundowns 115 (39)
2016– Highlands Park 2 (0)
National team
2003– South Africa 34 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2016.

Surprise Mohlomolleng Moriri (born 20 March 1980 in Matibidi, Mpumalanga) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or striker for Highlands Park. He has also represented South Africa internationally and has amassed 34 caps since his debut in 2003.

Club career[edit]

Moriri is a free-scoring midfielder who was chosen as South Africa’s PSL Player of the Season in 2005–06. He usually plays as a second striker or behind the striker as a supporting striker. He can also be deployed on the right side of midfield. He scored 12 goals in all competitions (11 in the league) to be Sundowns’ top scorer and help the 'Brazilians' to their first league title since 2000.

In the 2006–07 season he eclipsed that amount, with again 11 league goals and three in the CAF Champions League.

The 2007–08 season saw him less prolific in the league only managing three league goals but in the process scoring two Nedbank Cup goals, one MTN 8 goal, one Tekom Knockout goal and four CAF Champions League, giving him a total of 11 goals.

On 18 June 2007, Sundowns played a friendly against FC Barcelona in South Africa. Moriri scored within one minute and 30 seconds to make it 1–0. After many missed chances from both teams, Barcelona eventually went on to win the game 2–1 after two late goals from substitutes Santiago Ezquerro and Marc Crosas Luque.

International career[edit]

Moriri made his debut in a friendly match against Lesotho on 8 October 2003.

He scored his first goal for South Africa in their 3–0 win over Chad in the MTN Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He was in the South African squad for the 2008 African Nations Cup.

He was part of the Bafana Bafana squad for the 2010 World Cup, coming off the bench against Uruguay.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2007-03-24 Ndjamena, Chad  Chad 1–0 3–0 African Nations Cup qualifier
2 2008-03-26 Atteridgeville, South Africa  Paraguay 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3 2008-06-07 Atteridgeville, South Africa  Equatorial Guinea 2–1 4–1 WCQ
4 2010-04-28 Berlin, Germany  Jamaica 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5 2010-05-31 Polokwane, South Africa  Guatemala 3–0 5–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S. Moriri". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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