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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Hakim Ziyech now has more goals this Eredivisie season (10 in 13 games) than in 2017-18 (9 in 34 games).
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(Africanfootball.com) 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.”
(TheAtlasLions.com) Hakim Ziyech out for two weeks through knee injury sustained during AFCON 2019 qualifier against Cameroon last Friday
(Africanfootball.com) Former AFC Ajax manager Peter Bosz has tipped African stars Hakim Ziyech and Andre Onana to leave the Eredivisie club at the end of the current season.
Both Onana (Cameroon) and Ziyech (Morocco) have become key players for the Amsterdam club, with the former the number one choice in goal, while the latter is a vital part of their attacking force and even won the Dutch top flight’s player of the month accolade in October.
Onana, 22, has been on Ajax’s books since early 2015 and is contracted to June 2021, while Ziyech, 25, has been at the club since August 2016 and is also contracted to the middle of 2021.
Bosz, who was in charge of Ajax in the 2016/17 season and led the club to the final of the UEFA Europa League, believes Ziyech and Onana, as well as rising stars Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, will not be a part of the Dutch club from next season.
"I see Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Hakim Ziyech leaving Ajax next summer," he told Voetball International.
He also added that "Andre Onana will possibly go as well" in reference to the former Barcelona goalkeeper.
Ajax teammates Onana and Ziyech were ironically in opposite camps on Friday night as Morocco hosted Cameroon in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Casablanca.