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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 3 2019 01:39PM

Weekly magazine «France Football» has selected three Atlas Lions, namely Manuel Da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, and Hakim Ziyech, for its African team of the year, reports MAP news agency.

The names of the three Moroccan internationals appear alongside other football stars in Africa, including Egypt’s Mohammed Salah, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sadio Mané.

Yassine Bounou, a Moroccan footballer who plays currently for Girona FC, was also on the list.

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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 31 2018 03:12PM

It is no surprise that footballer Hakim Ziyech and Taekwondo artist Fatima Zahra Abou Fares’ came out on top of SNRT journalists’ picks for top athletes this year.

By Morocco World News -

Rabat – Moroccan journalists have picked footballer Hakim Ziyech and Taekwondo artist Fatima Zahra Abou Fares as the best Moroccan male and female athletes of 2018.

Forty Moroccan journalists in the National Broadcasting and Television Company’s (SNRT) sports section voted for their favorite Moroccan athletes of 2018 and released the results on Sunday.

Ajax Amsterdam’s Ziyech collected 88 points, surpassing Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi, who obtained 31 points.

Ziyech delivered an outstanding performance in 2018. He received many awards, including the “Dutch Footballer of the Year” and “Golden Lion of 2018.”

Hakimi was the first Moroccan to ever win the Champions League title. He delivered a solid performance in the World Cup with the Moroccan national football team.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 29 2018 03:17PM

Three Moroccan footballers’ performances with both their clubs and Morocco’s national football team have earned them the chance to win “Maghreb Player of the Year.”

By Morocco World News -

Rabat – France Football has slated three Moroccan international players for its “Maghreb Player of the Year” shortlist.

Ajax’s attacking midfielder, Hakim Ziyech; Juventus’ defender, Medhi Benatia; and Dortmund’s defender, Achraf Hakimi, have all made France Football magazine’s shortlist.

Benatia won last year’s award, ahead of Riyad Mahrez and Ziyech.

The magazine said that Benatia started well this year, profiting from defender Leonardo Bonucci’s 2017 departure from Juventus. But Bonucci’s return to Juventus in the summer cost Benatia his place among the starting 11 players.

It added that Benatia’s good year could have ended better without his penalty foul on Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez in the Champions League quarter finals.

According to France Football, Hakimi is a multi-talented player who plays on both left and right sides. He performed well during Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Atletico de Madrid.

Just 19, Hakimi has proved his maturity in the three matches he has played with the Morrocan national football team.

Ziyech is certainly one of the most talented players in Africa, wrote France Football. It added that he managed an outstanding performance in 2018 and was even voted best player of the 2017-2018 Netherlands Championship.

The magazine selected nine players from the Maghreb, including three players from Algeria and three others from Tunisia. The names of the remaining players have yet to be announced.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 28 2018 01:50PM

Moroccan international player Hakim Ziyech was awarded the «Lion d’or 2018» prize following a poll that was conducted by sports magazine «Almountakhab», MAP news agency reports.

The Ajax attacking midfielder was granted 332 points, ranked ahead of Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) who scored 190 points. Winger Nordin Amrabat was ranked 3rd with 80 points.

The poll was initiated in 2004, the previous edition was dedicated to African players.

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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 6 2018 03:10PM

( AFC Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech may be regarded as one of the best on-field stars of the Eredivisie, but he has come in for criticism in regards to his dealings with the media.

The Moroccan playmaker has been branded dour and sullen for the way he comes across in interviews, which is a strange irony given that his playing style is so exciting.

Yet Ziyech’s teammates at both international and club level have come to the defence of the 25-year-old, insisting that his media persona hides a man with a great sense of humour.

"I sometimes hear people say that he should be happier, he would laugh too little in interviews, for example, then I think he does not have to be a clown, some feel the need to hang the clown in front of the camera. Is not that right?" Morocco teammate Nordin Amrabat told ELF Football.

"In addition, Hakim laughs enough. Believe me. He has a lot of humour," added Amrabat, whose words are echoed by Ziyech’s Ajax teammate and fellow Moroccan international Noussair Mazraoui.

"If you do not know what he is, Hakim will not give in,” explained the 21-year-old right-back.

“If he does not like something, he says so, he does not let himself play with him, and if he is attacked, he defends himself, and not everyone dares [to do this].

"He did, [and] unfortunately people wrongfully applied the label ‘arrogant’."

Ziyech is set to feature for Ajax in their Eredivisie clash away to PEC Zwolle on Saturday night.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 1 2018 10:49PM

( AFC Ajax assistant coach Alfred Schreuder says a player such as Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech should be cherished in the Eredivisie.

Ziyech has enjoyed a superb 2018/19 season thus far, helping Ajax to second place on the Dutch top-flight log (behind reigning champions PSV Eindhoven) and qualification to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a game to spare.

Schreuder, who is Erik ten Hag’s right-hand man at the Amsterdam club spoke of the Atlas Lions attacking midfielder in in glowing terms to EFL Votebal Magazine.

“He [Ziyech] has an incredible anticipatory ability. Both with and without the ball. That is football, almost something you cannot train,” Schreuder explained.

“And do not forget: he not only makes many metres [covers a lot ground], but also a lot of those metres at high speed. We measure that at Ajax.

“Hakim is very serious about his profession. This is also evident from the fact that he always wants to be decisive. He wants to distinguish himself. We must cherish such players in the Netherlands.”

Schreuder also revealed Ziyech’s growing maturity, with the player putting the team first when relinquishing the number 10 jersey to new signing Dusan Tadic earlier this year.

“Hakim has also solved that [issue] excellently. Especially as the way it went was bothering him,” said the Ajax assistant.

“But outwardly he has made no problem at all. He also did not blame Dusan. Together they have solved it very nicely. That marks the development that Ziyech has gone through.”

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