Torn between the Libyan, Moroccan and Dutch selection, Zakaria Aboukhlal made the choice of the heart, that of Morocco. A choice that cost him many threats on social networks.
Born in the Netherlands, of a Moroccan mother and a Libyan father, Zakaria Aboukhlal made a sensational debut in the jersey of the Atlas Lions after being summoned by Vahid Halilhodzic for the double confrontation against the Central African Republic ( 4-1, 2-0) on behalf of the 4th day of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations.
For his first, the AZ Alkmaar player made a strong impression by scoring his first goal on November 13 in Casablanca, five minutes after entering the game.
If the 20-year-old striker did not hide his joy at being part of Vahid’s troop, he also confided that the news was very badly received by Libyan supporters.
“In Libya, they are crazy about football. It really hit the nail on the head there. You can’t imagine, I got a lot of threats. At one point, it was enough and I locked my Instagram, it went too far ”, he told Fox Sports.
However, Aboukhlal only wants to remember the positive of his time in the Lions’ den and explains that he has also received many messages of support, especially from his family.
“I took my phone from the players’ bus. I had to check the chats with my family on my phone as there were tons of messages coming in. They were very proud. They sent videos and photos of how they applauded ”, confides the young talent.
Aboukhlal, is now focused on his next match with his club, AZ Alkmaar against FC Emmen which is already on the program next Sunday.