On this Throwback Thursday, Briefly.co.za pays tribute to one of the most entertaining football players ever - Surprise Moriri.
Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Surprise Moriri was known for two big things - dazzling footwork and an eye for goal.
Moriri was born in Mpumalanga on March 20, 1980 and first made a name for himself at Silver Stars.
After scoring 19 goals from 51 matches for the North West side, Moriri attracted the interest of Sundowns.
He took to Sundowns like a duck to water and scored 11 league goals during the 2005/ 2006 season to inspire the Brazilians to their first title since 2000.
Moriri was also named the PSL Player of the Season in 2005–06 for his heroics.
The following season, Moriri went one better and scored 14 in all competitions.
Over a 12-year period, the talented midfielder scored 39 goals for the Brazilians.
Moriri had a turn of pace that often deceived defenders and this served him well at international level as well.
Since making his debut for Bafana Bafana on October 8, 2003, Moriri amassed 34 caps for the national team and featured at the 2010 World Cup.
Although Moriri left Downs in 2016 to join Highlands Park, his footballing career went full circle as he returned to Chloorkop as an assistant coach for the MDC side.
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