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Bounou and Ziyech in the running for the “Maghreb player of the year” award

The Moroccans Yassine Bounou, goalkeeper of Sevilla FC, and Hakim Ziyech, member of the English club Chelsea, are among the first five finalists for the prize of “best Maghrebian player of the year”, unveiled Tuesday by the magazine France Football. Bounou’s year was marked by a “remarkable career” in C3 where he was one of the “great architects” of Andalusian success with decisive stops against Manchester United or even Inter in the final, underlines the French magazine. “This title allowed him to dismiss Munir from the position of incumbent in selection. He is the number 1 choice of Vahid Halilhodzic convinced by the second best goalkeeper in Liga in stopping percentages (80% behind Oblak, 88%) ”, notes France Football. As for his compatriot Hakim Ziyech, the “magic”, who transferred his talent from Ajax to Chelsea, he managed to pull out of the game despite strong competition, says France Football. “Creator on a wing, he plays and makes play … With Morocco, the armband improves it. He is the boss of a selection that he carried towards a qualification for CAN 2022”, underlines the French magazine. The list also includes Algerians Ismaël Bennacer (Milan) and Said Benrahma (West Ham), as well as Tunisian Ali Maaloul (Al-Ahly). France Football was to unveil the names of the other 5 nominees on Wednesday, while the vote to choose the best North African player of the year 2020 will open on Thursday. In 2019, it was the Algerian international Riyad Mahrez who was voted best Maghrebian player of the year by France Football, ahead of the Moroccan Hakim Ziyech in this ranking.

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