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By The Atlas Lions, May 29 2019 04:23PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Zakaria Hadraf has left Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca football club (RCA) to join Damac football club in Saudi Arabia.


The Saudi football club announced the signing of the footballer on its official Twitter account on May 28.


In the tweet, the Saudi club welcomed the striker to the team. The 29-year old footballer has played for several Moroccan clubs, including Difaa El Jadida.


The footballer, who signed a one year contract with the Saudi club, also contributed to Morocco’s win during the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018).


Hadraf’s contract with the Saudi club is renewable.


Hadraf is one of a wave of Moroccan professional footballers who have joined Saudi football clubs, including Nordin Amrabat and Abderrazak Hamdallah who joined Al Nasser.

By The Atlas Lions, May 20 2019 02:22PM


By Morocco World News


Moroccan international footballer Abderrazak Hamdallah has won the Golden Shoe Award and the title of the best scorer of the Saudi Football Championship during the 2018-2019 season. The player has made history by topping the charts of Saudi Football as the top goal scorer ever recorded.


The footballer was given the award during a ceremony held on Saturday in Riyadh by the League of Saudi Championship.


The footballer expressed pride over winning the award, emphasizing his determination to continue his achievements in his football career.


Following his astonishing performance, the footballer is now the top scorer of the Saudi football championship with 34 goals.


The footballer tweeted several photos of the ceremony, with captions to express his excitement over the win.


“Thanks God, I won two prestigious prizes; the best scorer in the Saudi league and the best player in the league,” said the footballer.


He also dedicated his tweet to thank his fans and his city, Safi, a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.


Hamdallah’s secured the awards after helping his Saudi football club Al Nassr to win the t Saudi football championship on Thursday, after beating Al Batin 2-1.


Hamdallah scored both goals for his team.


The 28-year-old footballer joined Al-Nassr football club in 2018.


It is remained to be seen whether Head Coach of Morocco’s National Football Team Herve Renard would summon Hamdallah for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) after a small rift between them.


Renard had summoned Hamdallah to play with Morocco in March.


The BBC said that the footballer could not accept Renard’s invitation for family reasons.


Renard has commented on Hamdallah’s decision, saying that he spoke to him on the phone.


“He declined for reasons you know, I had 33 other players to manage, so I turned the page.”


Hamdallah made his debut with the Atlas Lions in a friendly against Burkina Faso in February 2012.


He also played for Morocco’s under-23 football team and the national football team.



By The Atlas Lions, Apr 19 2019 02:25PM

(BBC Sport) Morocco's Abderrazak Hamdallah has broken the record for league goals in a season in Saudi Arabia, since it became professional in 2007.


He struck twice for Al Nassr as they beat Al Fateh 5-0 on Thursday to take his tally to 29 goals for the season.


The 28-year-old overtakes Al Ahli's Syrian striker Omar Al Somah who scored 27 in the 2015-16 season.


Only Saudi striker Hamzah Idris has scored more in a season with 33 in 1999-2000, before the professional era.


There are two more games left this season for Hamdallah to clinch the all-time record.


He was called up by Herve Renard for Morocco's internationals in March after a three-year absence but he was unable to accept the invitations due to family reasons.


He joins Baghdad Bounedjah in breaking a record in the middle east after the Algeria striker grabbed 39 league goals to help Al Sadd win the Qatari title.

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