By Mohamed Amine Rhaz
Rabat – It’s been an incredible month for Ayoub El Kaabi. The rising soccer star, born on June 26, 1993 in Casablanca, started his football career as an striker for the football club Racing Athletic Club of Casablanca where he played for one year (2016-2017) before moving to Renaissance Sportive Berkane, the club he currently plays for.
The 24-year-old was the top scorer of Morocco’s second division football league Botola 2, during the 2016-2017 season, with 25 goals to his credit.
Abdelhak Rizkallah, president of RAC of Casablanca, spoke about Kaabi in an interview conducted by the news outlet Le360. He said, “El Kaabi is a serious player, he wants to play and he is very determined, he is a role model for all the youth who want to be professional and make a future.”
El Kaabi made his international debut for Morocco on 13 January during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) match against Mauritania, scoring three goals. The RS Berkane’s striker was named Man of The Match on January 31 after Morocco’s encounter with Libya’s National Football Team during CHAN’s semi-final match. Morocco won the game 3-1.
CHAN executives chose El Kaabi as the best player due to the world-class performance he displayed during the semi-final match hosted in Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca. El Kaabi displayed pure talent throughout the entire tournament scoring 8 goals in 5 matches, making him the top goal scorer in the entire history of CHAN.
“If I’m the top scorer, it’s thanks to my teammates, I thank them. I do not want to stop halfway. I still want to score goals and contribute to the dedication of my team, “he told CAF Online.
Ayoub El Kaabi received three offers from Egyptian football clubs, including Al Ahly and Zamalek. The president of RS Berkane, Fouzi Lekjaa, declined the offers, still wanting to see Ayoub El Kaabi wearing RS Berkan’s white and orange shirt.