Morocco's World Cup Star Yassine Bounou Nominated for Top FIFA Award

Morocco's World Cup Star Yassine Bounou Nominated for Top FIFA Award

  • Yassine Bounou has been nominated for FIFA best goalkeeper award
  • The Morocco and Sevilla goalkeeper will be gunning for the top award alongside six other goalkeepers
  • Senegal's Edouard Mendy won the best goalkeeper award last year

Yassine Bounou has been shortlisted for the FIFA best goalkeeper award following his outstanding performances for Morocco and Sevilla.

The Morocco shot-stopper was impressive as the Atlas Lions became the first country from Africa to reach the semi-final of the World Cup.

His performances for Sevilla also made the La Liga side the meanest defence in the 2021/22 Spanish topflight season, earning him the Zamora Trophy.

Yassine Bounou. Sevilla, Morocco, World Cup
Yassine Bounou has been nominated for FIFA's best goalkeeper award. Credit: @FIFAcom @SevillaFC
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Bounou will compete with six other goalkeepers for the award on February 27, 2023 as FIFA finds the successor to Edouard Mendy.

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In a list released, World Cup winner Emiliano Martínez, Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Brazil), Thibout Courtois (Real Madrid/Belgium), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb/Croatia), Mike Maignan (AC Milan/France) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany) are all in contention for the top honour.

The Canadian-born Morocco goalkeeper could become the second player from Africa to win the coveted award.

Bounou rejoined his Sevilla teammates this week after a heroic World Cup performance to start preparations ahead of the resumption of La Liga. He was joined by Morocco teammate Youssef En-Nesyri.

Bounou celebrates with son

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou produced an epic moment at the World Cup after he was spotted celebrating with his son following the victory over Portugal.

Bounou has been phenomenal at the tournament in Qatar, conceding only one goal as the Atlas Lions became the first African team to reach the semi-final of the World Cup.

The Sevilla goalkeeper made some brilliant saves as Morocco defeated Portugal in the quarter-final on Saturday.

Yassine Bounou wins Zamora award

Morocco and Sevilla shot stopper Yassine Bounou scooped home the Zamora Trophy following the completion of the 2021-22 La Liga season.

Bounou edged La Liga winner and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to the individual accolade on the back of his impressive displays in between the sticks for Sevilla in the just-ended campaign.

His latest feat makes him the second African to have won the top goalkeeping diadem in Spain after legendary Cameroon custodian Jacques Celestin Songo'o, who won the award in the 1996-1997 season with Deportivo de La Coruña.

Source: Sports Brief News