Despite the arrival of Raja and Wydad, the two Moroccan football poles, to the golden square of the African Champions League last season, their attempts failed to return to the podium with the precious title, while the “Berkane Renaissance” saved the face of Moroccan football on the African stage.
On the other hand, the player Ashraf Hakimi arrived in European stadiums during the past months to add great success to Moroccan football in 2020, noting that the Moroccan team also made a good leap in the international rankings of the international teams issued by FIFA.
Raja and Wydad, the football poles in Casablanca, made their way to the golden square of the African Champions League, and each seemed to be a candidate at least to reach the final match, but they fell together in the golden square in front of the two rivals, the Egyptian football poles (Zamalek and Al-Ahly) before the latter crowned the title through Winning the final match.
Perhaps the arrival of Raja and Wydad together to the golden square was a good result for Moroccan football in 2020, which witnessed a major impact of the outbreak of the new Corona virus infection on many activities, including football.
Wydad was a strong candidate to win the title despite losing the final of the tournament in 2019 to Tunisia’s Esperance after the return match, which witnessed the famous crisis, and related to the video assistant referee (VAR) system in the final of the tournament.
However, this team fell at home to Al-Ahly with two goals without responding in the first leg, then lost 1-3 in front of Cairo.
The situation was not much better for Raja, who faced Zamalek in the semi-finals, a few days after winning the league title for the first time after an absence of 7 years and for the 12th time in its history.
Raja lost 1-0 at home, then lost to Zamalek 1-3 in Cairo, back.
But the victory of “RB Berkane” the Confederation Cup title was a face-saving, good compensation for Moroccan football for the failure of the two poles of Casablanca.
The crowning of Nahdet Borkan with the Confederation title came after beating Egyptian Pyramids with a clean goal, compensating for its loss to Egyptian Zamalek by penalties in the final of the same tournament in the 2018-2019 season.
The Moroccan national team finished the current year in the 35th position in the FIFA world ranking earlier this month, after it was ranked No. 43 in the end of 2019 classification.
This became the best position for the Moroccan national team (Lions Atlas) since the team finished in 2004 in number 33 in the classification.
Player Ashraf Hakimi has excelled in 2020 with the German teams Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
The first months of this year saw the player continue his brilliance with Dortmund, who played for him the past two seasons, on loan from Real Madrid.
In addition to his regular participation with the team, Hakimi set a record in the “Bundesliga” after becoming the fastest player in the history of the German League.
At the end of last season, the statistics indicated that the player played 33 of 34 matches for his Bundesliga team, and he was a starting point in 29 of them. Note that the only match he missed was due to suspension as a result of warnings.
Hakimi scored 5 goals and scored 10 more for his teammates last season in the Bundesliga, and also scored 4 goals in the 8 matches he played with the team in the Champions League.
Hakimi moved to Inter with a 5-year contract for 40 million euros for Real Madrid. And he transferred his brilliance from the German League to Italian, and participated in all the fourteen matches that the team fought in the Italian League this season so far, and was essential in 8 of them.
The player scored 4 goals and set the same for his teammates, and also made a goal for them in the five matches he played with the team in the Champions League group stage.
Despite his tremendous brilliance in the past seasons with Ajax, Moroccan Hakim Ziyech has fallen victim to injuries since his move to Chelsea at the start of the current season, where he participated in only 7 out of 16 matches he fought in the English Premier League.
During these matches, Ziash scored a goal and scored 3 more, and also participated in 5 of the team’s six matches in the group stage of the European Champions League, in which he scored one goal.