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Achraf Bencharki Lands in Riyadh

By Mohammed Amine Rhaz

Rabat – Moroccan football player Achraf Bencharki arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, February 6th to join his new team, Al Hilal, in Saudi Arabia. 

Al Hilal Football Club posted a photo on Twitter of Bencharki accompanied by Fahd Al Madeed, the football club’s general coordinator.

The club also posted several photos of Saudi fans’ joyous reactions to Bencharki’s arrival.

Addressing his Moroccan roots and fanbase, Bencharki posted a photo on his Instagram account expressing his love for Fez’s Maghreb Association Sportive and Casablanca’s Wydad.

Bencharki wrote “If there is one thing I will cherish throughout my life, then it is the love, affection, and embrace of Wydad, its officials and its audience, whom I considered the best audience in Africa. Thanks to them, we achieved the League [and] your memory will remain immortally tattooed in my mind as long as I live…”

The player added “I promise I will be an ambassador and a representative of Wydad forever and always, and I will look forward to your best and support.”

He also addressed Maghreb Association Sportive of Fez saying, “I will not forget my origins and the beginning, my mother team, MAS, and its coaches. I also will not forget the audience and the events of the MAS club. And all those who have contributed near and far to help Bencharki reach to what he is today.”

Bencharki also thanked the Moroccan press and paid homage to Wydad’s president, Saeed Al-Nasseri: “I thank President Said Naciri, who spared no effort in helping me and embracing me and was like a father to me more than a president.”

He concluded his letter, “Wish me well, I am from you and with you I will be, and without you I will be nothing.”

Wydad of Casablanca sold its striker Achraf Bencherki to Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia for USD 9 million.

Bencherki’s transfer to the Saudi club made headlines in the past month and created a heated debate between those who support his move and those who advised him to turn down the Saudi offer.

The talented footballer played a key role in helping his former team, Wydad of Casablanca, win the continental title by scoring five goals in the tournament.

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