Rabat - The Spanish football club Real Madrid has sent the Moroccan national football team good luck wishes for its October 7 World Cup Qualifier game against Gabon in Casablanca.
Rabat – The Spanish football club Real Madrid has sent the Moroccan national football team good luck wishes for its October 7 World Cup Qualifier game against Gabon in Casablanca.
In a Facebook statue published on Monday, Real Madrid also addressed a congratulatory message to the Moroccan-Spanish youngster Achraf Hakimi, who made his first debut with Los Blancos on Sunday’s game against RCD Espanyol.
The 18-year-old footballer made his official debut at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Real Madrid’s key defender Dani Carvajal was unable to participate in yesterday’s match due to a viral pericardium infection. Born in Madrid to Moroccan parents, Hakimi is the first Moroccan player to represent Real Madrid.
The footballer was promoted to the A-side on August 19. After the game, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s coach, said that Hakimi proved his worth to represent the team during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Espanyol, reported British news outlet Sports Mole.
The coach added that he “will not be afraid to continue playing the teenager.”
Zidane said that “[Hakimi] has done well and with this being his first match, he got involved and showed I could count on him. I won’t be afraid of playing him. Carvajal isn’t available, so he has a chance.”
On September 1, Hakimi had also made his debut with Morocco’s national team against Mali in a World Cup qualifier, where he stunned the opponent with a fourth goal after he received an assist from Hakim Ziyech. Hakimi had also played for Morocco’s national under-17 and -20 teams