Gomes: Morrison a special player for Simba SC

04May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Gomes: Morrison a special player for Simba SC

SIMBA SC's head coach, Didier Gomes da Rosa, has identified midfielder Bernard Morrison as a natural fit for the team and a player who can decide games on his own.

Bernard Morrison

Gomes is quite glad to have the Ghanaian attacking midfielder in his own squad.

On Saturday, Morrison entered the pitch in the second half and took 10 minutes to grab an equalizer for Simba SC against Kagera Sugar in a round of 16 clash of this season's Federation Cup, played in Dar es Salaam.

Ten minutes later, he set up forward Meddie Kagere winning strike to send Simba SC to the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup.

Coach Gomes was quick to heap praises on Morrison during his post-match press conference.

He explained how he had to lift Morrison from the bench to break a stubborn Kagera Sugar defense.

He stated: “Generally we had a good game, we dominated a lot even though we were not consistent enough in the first half. We left too much space for counter attacking and Kagera used that very particularly in the first half.''

He disclosed: “At half time it was very important for us to inject speed and a powerful attacking player, we know the quality of Morrison.''

He said: ''He is able to do many things. After fifteen minutes I also put a second attacker, to push the opponent’s defense.''

After Morrison's introduction, Simba SC pressed high up the pitch and did not give Kagera Sugar any chance to breathe.

Morrison helped in creating several goal-scoring opportunities, he was directly involved in all the two goals for Simba SC.

Gomes was coy about whether he would start Morrison against Yanga in Saturday’s Premier League encounter, nicknamed 'Dar Derby', and the CAF Champions League quarterfinal tie with South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs.

The coach responded: ''I don’t know, we will see. Morrison is a special player, he is able to break a match, he is very important.''

He stated: ''He is a free player, we have to be careful. When he plays we need to cover him but for sure this performance today is very positive.''

He noted: “You know against Yanga it is another thing and also against Kaizer Chiefs we play away, maybe we need to be balanced particularly like we did in Congo. We will see, Morrison is a special player. ”

Morrison completed a permanent transfer to the Msimbazi Street club on a two-year deal at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

He has scored five goals and assisted eight in all competitions despite not being a regular starter.

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