Ashraf Hakimi, a right back for Paris Saint-Germain and the Moroccan national team, has a stadium named after him in his hometown of Ksar el-Kebir in northwest Morocco.
To recognize the nation’s FIFA World Cup champions, the name of the Achraf Hakimi Stadium was changed.
When Hakimi arrived at the stadium, he was greeted by a sizable audience. Many had anticipated that he would travel with Kylian Mbappe, a PSG teammate.
“I’m overjoyed to be here with you today. I’d want to thank Ksar Lkbir as a whole. I was quite pleased to observe the city’s good-doing mayor. We continue to strive for the benefit of Moroccan culture, and we must continue to do so.
“I am so happy to be with you today. I thank all the town of Ksar Lkbir. I very happy to see the mayor of the city, who did good things. We keep on working for the good of Morocco’s culture and we have to keep working for the good of Moroccans. I am happy here. This is my mother’s town, and I spent a lot of time here when I was a kid. Thank you everybody,” Hakimi said. The Atlas Lions of Morocco reached the semi finals of the FIFA World Cup but were eliminated by France. Hakimi showed an impressive performance in Qatar where he scored a panenka and sealed the Moroccan squad’s shock win against La Roja and marked Morocco’s first-ever qualification for the tournament’s quarterfinals.