PSL News 28.11.2016 04:28 pm

Moriri is a legend – Pitso

Surprise Moriri during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park at Loftus Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Surprise Moriri during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park at Loftus Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Surprise Moriri turned up for his new side, Highlands Park, against Mamelodi Sundowns after serving the Chloorkop-based side for more than a decade.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane praised the 36-year-old after his side outclassed Gordon Igesund’s side 5-0 on Sunday afternoon in an Absa Premiership encounter.

“Surprise is a legend. He played so many years for us, and to be honest, I think it is fair that he gets game time at Highlands. I saw him, he played against Bidvest Wits. I saw how he distributed the balls well. We have to be honest, and he knows that game time here is not easy. You have the CBD [Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly] out, and we are still convincing … it is not going to happen.

“He decided he wants to play, and I said, yes you can stay with us and play, but I said to him, let’s be honest, how many games did he play last year and the year before and what does future hold for you? He is a very good football player, not as quick and as sharp as he used to be, but he has got football brains, he has got intelligence. I am happy for him to play,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

Mosimane believes Moriri, like other club legends such as the likes of Godfrey Sapula, will always have a place at the club.

“Maybe later he will come back and work with us with those brains, humility and integrity that he has, and his contribution to Sundowns is so massive that we cannot overlook it and say now we won the Champions League, and now we don’t look after people like Surprise. He has got a future here, he needs to teach the children the philosophy, the way we play, because Surprise used to run my dressing room.

“I wish him all the best, I want him to play because he is going to get game time, and that is what he wanted. He is also doing coaching courses, so he can come back like Benson Mhlongo went to Orlando Pirates – there is always space for him,” he said.

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