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“Morocco? A carefully considered decision”

Achraf hakimi He is one of the great players recruited by PSG this summer. In recent years, the capital club had gaps in the right-back position. Now he has one of the best in his position. As part of the international truce, Vahid Halilodzic selected him for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. In an interview with the media Young africa, the Moroccan player explains his choice to play in Morocco. He also highlights the evolution of African football, which for him is too underestimated.

Your choice to play for Morocco

« It was a decision that was carefully considered and made at the right time. This choice was made when discussing with my parents, with my family.. At home, we watched a lot of Moroccan football and naturally we followed the national team. I looked at these players and thought to myself: “If only one day I could play for the national team.“The day they call me, I’ll give it a try and feel great right away. I am from Muslim, Arab culture, and when you are immersed in a culture, you are more used to certain things and you feel more comfortable in one place than in another. The decision was made naturally, in accordance with what I experienced in my family environment.. »

African soccer bottom

« There are great African players who are doing great things for their countries and for their clubs.. Little by little, Africans are showing the whole world that they can compete with the best ”, Achraf Hakimi explains. « This is the case of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or Riyad Mahrez. I could give so many names that they are potentially in the top 10. I am delighted that people are interested in African football and have such admiration for the aforementioned players. I hope things evolve in this direction. It would be a mistake to underestimate African football.«