No bad blood with Morisson, says Simba coach Gomes

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Simba SC head coach Didier Gomes has cleared the air over former Orlando Pirates star Bernard Morrison’s absence from the team that travelled to Sudan for last Saturday’s Caf Champions League tie against Al Merrikh insisting they are on good terms.

Simba played a goalless draw in the Group A match played at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Khartoum.

Morrison was a notable absentee in the travelling party with rumours that he refused to be a part of Simba’s squad against African Lyon in the Azam Sports Federation Cup a fortnight ago, forcing Gomes to drop him ahead of the Khartoum trip.

The former Bucs winger has had limited playing time in the domestic League and Caf Champions League, breeding rumours that is the reason he refused to be part of the Azam Cup game late in February.

“There is no conflict between me and Morrison, believe me, I can say we have a good relationship we talk and I explain my decisions to him.

“But as a squad, we are family so we need to keep some things confidential because we need to respect our team,” said Gomes.

“I have no issues with him, everything is good but I am completely sure that he will help us to achieve our targets.”

He added that the Ghanaian had “family matters” to attend to last weekend. “Morrison is a very good guy and talented. Like I said to him, we expect more from him.”

Morrison arrived in Tanzania in January 2020 to join Young Africans before crossing the floor to arch rivals Simba SC in June last year. His future at the club hangs in the balance with just over a year before the end of his current deal.

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By Ramadhani Juma

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