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By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2019 07:54PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Soufiane Boufal, who plays with Spanish club Celta Vigo, has been crowned best dribbler in Spain’s La Liga football league for the 2018/2019 season, outperforming Lionel Messi.


With 144 successful dribbles, Celta de Vigo’s Boufal is ahead of Messi (133) and Eibar’s Fabian Orellana (81).


Although Boufal made the most dribbles this year, he only scored three goals and made three assists.


The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris, joined the Celta de Vigo football club in western Spain, on a loan from English club Southampton.


According to a report from Spanish media outlet Faro de Vigo, Celta Vigo is willing to permanently sign Boufal and will have to negotiate a fee of €15 million, as the club agreed with Southampton last summer.


Celta de Vigo is currently in 17th place out of 20 teams in La Liga’s standings.


Boufal made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

By The Atlas Lions, May 20 2019 02:22PM


By Morocco World News


Moroccan international footballer Abderrazak Hamdallah has won the Golden Shoe Award and the title of the best scorer of the Saudi Football Championship during the 2018-2019 season. The player has made history by topping the charts of Saudi Football as the top goal scorer ever recorded.


The footballer was given the award during a ceremony held on Saturday in Riyadh by the League of Saudi Championship.


The footballer expressed pride over winning the award, emphasizing his determination to continue his achievements in his football career.


Following his astonishing performance, the footballer is now the top scorer of the Saudi football championship with 34 goals.


The footballer tweeted several photos of the ceremony, with captions to express his excitement over the win.


“Thanks God, I won two prestigious prizes; the best scorer in the Saudi league and the best player in the league,” said the footballer.


He also dedicated his tweet to thank his fans and his city, Safi, a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.


Hamdallah’s secured the awards after helping his Saudi football club Al Nassr to win the t Saudi football championship on Thursday, after beating Al Batin 2-1.


Hamdallah scored both goals for his team.


The 28-year-old footballer joined Al-Nassr football club in 2018.


It is remained to be seen whether Head Coach of Morocco’s National Football Team Herve Renard would summon Hamdallah for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) after a small rift between them.


Renard had summoned Hamdallah to play with Morocco in March.


The BBC said that the footballer could not accept Renard’s invitation for family reasons.


Renard has commented on Hamdallah’s decision, saying that he spoke to him on the phone.


“He declined for reasons you know, I had 33 other players to manage, so I turned the page.”


Hamdallah made his debut with the Atlas Lions in a friendly against Burkina Faso in February 2012.


He also played for Morocco’s under-23 football team and the national football team.



By The Atlas Lions, May 16 2019 06:54PM

(Goal.com) The Morocco internationals played key roles during the 2018-19 season as the Sons of Gods completed a domestic double


Hakim Ziyech has been named Ajax’s Player of the Year and his compatriot Noussair Mazraoui got the Talent of the Year award.


Coach Erik ten Hag made the announcement, on behalf of the supporters, during the end of season ceremony in Amsterdam on Thursday.


Ziyech and Mazraoui helped Ajax end their five-year wait for a league title on Wednesday, and they also played a part in Ajax's Dutch Cup triumph.


Ziyech impressed the world with his outstanding performances for Ajax during the Uefa Champions League, inspiring them to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to Tottenham Hotspur on the away goals rule.


During the 2018-19 season, Ziyech contributed 19 goals and 16 assists in 43 outings across all competitions while Mazraoui provided four goals and an assist in 42 matches.


Ziyech’s future at the Johan Cruyff Arena remains uncertain with several European clubs including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid reported to be targeting a summer move for him.


Next month, the duo are expected to play crucial roles for Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


The Atlas Lions have been drawn in Group D against Namibia, South Africa and Ivory Coast.

By The Atlas Lions, May 5 2019 08:42PM

(Goal.com) The African stars were on parade at Feyenoord Stadium as the Sons of Gods lifted their ninth Cup title on Sunday


Morocco duo Hakim Ziyech, Noussair Mazraoui and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana helped Ajax win the Dutch Cup with a 4-0 win over Willem II.


Ziyech provided an assist for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to double Ajax's lead a minute after Daley Blind opened the scoring in the 38th minute.


After the restart, Huntelaar bagged his brace in the 67th minute before Mazraoui assisted Rasmus Kristensen for the fourth goal in the 76th minute.


Ziyech was later replaced by David Neres in the 58th minute as Onana kept a clean sheet for the Amsterdam outfit.


The trio will hope to maintain their fine form when Ajax host Tottenham Hotspur for the return fixture of their Uefa Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.


Ziyech and Mazraoui are expected to play a part in Morocco’s campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.


The Atlas Lions have dates set against Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia in Group D while Onana’s Cameroon have been drawn against Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Benin in Group F.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 24 2019 06:20AM

Goal.com


Hakim Ziyech was on target as Ajax walloped Vitesse 4-2 in Tuesday’s Dutch Eredivisie encounter.


The Morocco international was handed his 27th league appearance by manager Erik ten Hag and he impressed, helping his side to strengthen their lead on the table.


Ziyech opened the scoring in the 41st minute after receiving a pass from Dusan Tadic to ignite the goals surge.


Ziyech featured for 63 minutes before he was substituted for David Neres while Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana was on parade for the entire duration of the game.


The 26-year-old winger has now scored 16 goals in the league and 20 in all competitions this season.


The victory saw Ajax open a three-point gap on the table and will hope to increase their winning streak to five games when they clash with Tottenham Hotspur for their semi-final Champions League game on April 30.


Ziyech will look forward to replicating the impressive club performances for Morocco in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


The Atlas Lions start their campaign in the tournament against Namibia on June 23 before they take on Ivory Coast on June 28 and wrap up their Group D games against South Africa on July 1.

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