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Goal caught up with the 22-year-old forward who was included in South Africa's 22-men squad for the Olympic Games in Rio - Brazil - starting next month

Ajax Cape Town centre forward Tashreeq Morris says he is ecstatic at his maiden inclusion in the national team.

Morris has been one of the exciting youngsters in the PSL in the last few seasons.

He was Ajax's top goal-scorer with nine goals and also won the Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament gong two seasons ago. 

And his continued absence from Owen Da Gama’s South Africa under-23 side raised a few eyebrows.

 The youthful forward tells this publication that regardless of that, he never lost hope that his chance would come.

“It is a great feeling to be here with the team and it is overwhelming,” Morris told Goal.

“But I have always remained optimistic and never lost hope that it [call up] would come.  I strongly believe that the hard work and effort you put in would never go unnoticed.

“I am revelled to be here and I am grateful for this opportunity and I can’t thank the almighty enough because this will give a platform for even greater things.”

Morris has been played in several positions by Roger De Sa and although he’s glared at the supporting striker role where he uses his blistering speed to get into great scoring positions, he reveals his preferred role.

“I never and I won’t question where ever he coach plays me because that means he sees in me something that would benefit the team better,” Morris added.

“But my preferred position is a striker, the number-nine role. But anywhere I play, I will do the job to the best of my ability.”

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