Head coach of the Morocco national team – Vahid Halilhodzic has spoken about the importance of Achraf Hakimi to the course of the Atlas Lions at the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

The Paris Saint Germain right back’s 70th minute goal from a free kick outside the box secured Morocco 2-1 victory over a resilient Malawi team in the Round of 16 stage.

“He is a key player. He can change the course of the game at any time,” coach Vahid Halilhodzic said.

“For me, he is one of the great talents and best players in the world in his position.”

Speaking about his spectacular goal against Malawi, Hakimi said always try to participate in the joy of his country men anytime he puts on the Morocco jersey:

“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.”