Rabat – Hakim Ziyech had a rough night.
The supporters of Ziyech’s team, Ajax Amsterdam, did not respond well to their 0-3 loss to ESV Eindhoven this past Sunday night, attacking the players’ bus after the game.
In a video circulated widely on social media, the international Moroccan player can be seen trying to calm the situation, as Amsterdam supporters angrily surround him.
Following the incident, the 25-year-old football sensation made some radical changes to his public persona, erasing all of his pictures with his Dutch Jersey and replacing his profile picture with one in which he is wearing his Moroccan jersey.
In a previous Interview with the Moroccan sports media Lionsdelatlas, Ziyech expressed his wish to leave Ajax.
“I think I’m ready [to leave], I’ve said it many times, it’s not new. I want to challenge myself and develop myself, so maybe it’s time to go further and find a new challenge, ” he said without mentioning his future destination.
The football star has his pick of offers. According to several media sources, the board of the Roman football club Roma As is attempting to recruit the star of Ajax. Inter Milan is also reportedly prepared to make a EUR 15 million deal with Ajax to steal Dutch team’s key midfielder.
Hakim Ziyech joined the football academy school of SC Heerenveen in 2003, and was able to make his senior debut for the team on August 2, 2012, during the third qualification round for the UEFA Europa League against FC Rapid Bucuresti.
In 2014, Ziyech left Heerenveen for FC Twente, where he signed a four year contract. The footballer also played for the Netherlands under-19, under-20 and under-21 teams between 2012 and 2014.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ziyech chose to represent Morocco instead. On October 9, 2015, the footballer made his debut for Morocco in a friendly game with the Ivory Coast, which ended with a 0-1 loss for the Lions.
The attacking midfielder has been delivering great performances with both the Moroccan national football squad and Ajax. In the previous months, Ziyech helped the Moroccan team qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Morocco finished unbeaten during the qualifiers phase, defeating some of the most talented teams in Africa, including Gabon, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire.