Barely 23 years old, the former Real Madrid player is taking part in a superb journey from Morocco to this TotalEnergies AFCON in Cameroon, with his attacking commitment, defensive determination and sense of goal from set pieces.

“I don’t shoot a lot of free kicks at PSG because we have better shooters, but I do my best and the main thing for me is to participate in the joy of Moroccans” says the right back who was congratulated by his club teammate, world champion Kylian Mbappé just after the Atlas Lions win. “He is the best right-back in the world”, tweeted Mbappé on Tuesday evening.

With his 45 caps, Hakimi is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Moroccan team that will face the Pharaohs of Egypt this Sunday at Ahmadou Ahidjou stadium, as both sides seek a place in the semifinals.