October 22, 2021

Da Rosa to get impressive Morrison in shape for Simba SC after Al-Hilal display

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The Frenchman explains why he will use the Ghanaian midfielder more in upcoming league and Champions League matches

Simba SC coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa has explained why Bernard Morrison will have to play more for the team under his reign.

Since signing for Simba from rivals Yanga SC, the Ghanaian midfielder had a troubled first round in the Mainland Premier League as he missed matches owing to injury.

He was also not involved as Simba sealed their place in the group stage of the Caf Champions League after a 4-1 aggregate win against FC Platinum of Zimbabwe.

However, the player returned to action in the Simba Super Cup tournament, which was the first match for new coach Da Rosa, and despite coming on for the last 30 minutes, he scored two goals as they beat Al-Hilal from Sudan 4-1 at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

The Frenchman has now explained he was impressed by the Ghanaian’s display despite playing for 30 minutes and promised to use him more in upcoming matches.

“He did not have much time to play due to various problems that he had which caused his physical fitness to be less different from the players used regularly but I was impressed by what I saw from him,” Da Rosa said as quoted by Sokalabongo.

“Morrison played for no more than 30 minutes, in that match but he showed a good level which will give me a chance to play him more because I believe he can show a better level than that if given the chance to start a match.

“I see him as one of the players who, if I sit down with him and tell him to keep off some of the things he always does off the field he will have a better level to push and help the team achieve their targets.”

Da Rosa continued: “Since I came to training Bernard [Morrison] has been a committed player and is aspiring to play more and that’s why he has shown that level but I’m going to prepare him by giving him more training to improve.”

In the Champions League, Simba have been drawn to play defending champions Al-Ahly of Egypt, AS Vita from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudanese giants Al-Merrikh in Group A.