Many football fans across social media are looking forward to seeing Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech feature for Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after his impressive displays in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday.
Ziyech doubled the Sons of Gods' lead after Matthijs de Ligt's opener at the Johan Cruyff Arena but his contribution was not enough as Luca Moura's hat-trick halted their journey in the European competition.
Despite Ajax's exit, Ziyech had an incredible campaign in the Champions League this term and he is second behind only Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the goals and assists table
5 - Only Lionel Messi (8) has been directly involved in more goals in the Champions League knockout stages than Hakim Ziyech this season (5 - three goals and two assists). Mercurial. #AJATOT pic.twitter.com/cRkq94hrai— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2019
After seeing his qualities on display on Wednesday, fans are anticipating his participation in Africa's foremost football competition, where Morocco have been drawn against South Africa, Namibia and Cote d'Ivoire in Group D.
Hakim Ziyech 🔥🔥🔥— Philip Alimo (@alimo_philip) May 8, 2019
His 21st goal of the season is a beauty 😍
Can't wait to see him later this summer feature for Morocco at the AFCON 👊 pic.twitter.com/5gNhcZvH9b
Results aside, what a player Hakim Ziyech is. Absolutely quality footballer who still has many top years ahead of him.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) May 8, 2019
We've been saying it for a long time now, but find it baffling that no big clubs have ever come calling for him. This season's performances will change that.
Ziyech is a genius, we need to be on this guy this summer— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) May 8, 2019
Scouted Hakim Ziyech intensively in 2013 for my club in China. In the end, I hesitated and had doubts. I might have made a mistake...— Mads Davidsen (@MadsRDavidsen) May 8, 2019
Ziyech is miles ahead of Coutinho— fabiano™ (@XaviTempo_) May 8, 2019
🔥 21 goals— Sportive23 (@Sportive_23) May 8, 2019
🎯 19 assists
😳 £25m release clause.
Hakim Ziyech 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZjR2NVOQKN
This Ziyech 🔥 is from 🇲🇦 Morocco, South Africa’s 🇿🇦 opponents at Afcon.— Sandile Ndumo (@Doc_Ndumo) May 8, 2019
Maela, Langerman or Hlanti?
Ziyech may lead Morocco to glory in the summer come AFCON— Mr NBT (@JoeNBT) May 8, 2019
...Inshallah Percy Tau will overshadow Ziyech when we play Morocco in Egypt ka AFCON 🙏🏾— Treasure (@tkgantso) May 8, 2019