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Nasief Morris

Nasief Morris
Personal information
Full nameMogammat Nasief Morris
Date of birth (1981-04-16) 16 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birthCape Town, South Africa
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubSantos Cape Town
Number5
Youth career
Santos Cape Town
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998–2001Santos Cape Town19(1)
2001–2003Aris48(2)
2003–2010Panathinaikos118(0)
2008–2009Recreativo (loan)37(1)
2009–2010Racing Santander (loan)12(1)
2010–2011Apollon Limassol13(0)
2011–2012SuperSport United3(0)
2012Santos Cape Town (loan)12(0)
2012–Santos Cape Town0(0)
National team
2004–2009South Africa36(1)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2012.
† 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 played nearly 40 times for South Africa.

Club career

Greece

Born in Cape Town, Morris started his career at local Santos Football Club before joining Greek team 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 the club won the double in 2003–04; additionally, he played in 14 Champions League and 18 UEFA Cup contests.

Spain

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, 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

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

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

External links

  • BDFutbol profile
  • Nasief Morris at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Transfermarkt profile
  • WorldFootball profile

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