Kylian Mbappe Impressed with Top African Footballer Who Scored Wonder Goal At AFCON

Kylian Mbappe Impressed with Top African Footballer Who Scored Wonder Goal At AFCON

Fred Kennedy
January 26, 2022 at 11:54 AM
  • Achraf Hakimi channeled his inner Lionel Messi as he scored a spectacular free-kick for Morocco
  • The PSG star whipped the free-kick from 30 yards out to help Morocco stun Malawi at AFCON
  • His goal earned him admiration from fans around the world, with Kylian Mbappe among those impressed
  • The French star, who is teammates with Hakimi at PSG hailed the Moroccan as the best right-back in the world

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has praised Achraf Hakimi as the best right-back in the world following his wonder goal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Achraf Hakimi while in action for Morocco. Photo: Getty Images.
Achraf Hakimi was on target against Malawi to help Morocco advance to the quarter-finals. Photo: Getty Images.
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Hakimi, who is currently on international duty with Morocco scored a stunning free-kick to inspire his country to victory over Malawi.

Morocco had to come from a goal down to edge The Flames 2-1 as they booked a place in the quarter-final of the continental tournament.

However, they had to rely on a moment of magic from their star man to secure the hard-fought victory on Tuesday, January 25.

Standing from about 30 yards out, Hakimi whipped one an impeccable free-kick into the far post with unerring accuracy and incisiveness to make it 2-1 for Morocco in the 70th minute.

Malawi were unable to respond as the tie ended in favour of The Atlas Lions who advanced to the last eight.

It was Hakimi who rightfully stole the headlines from the match, with fans flooding social media to praise his piece of individual brilliance.

Incidentally, Mbappe, who is teammates with Hakimi at PSG was among those who showered the Moroccan with praises.

"Achraf Hakimi. Best right-back in the world. Goodnight, guys," Mbappe tweeted.

Mbappe's tweet sparked a firestorm online, with many supporting the Frenchman's claim.

Venue for AFCON quarter-final moved

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Morocco's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final fixture against the winner between Ivory Coast and Egypt has been moved to a different venue.

The match was initially set to be played at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday, January 31.

However, CAF has now moved the Sunday, January 30, clash across town at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.
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