- Achraf Bencharki dreaming of second Champions League crown
- Moroccan has performed professionally in Africa, Asia and Europe
- Helped Zamalek to Egypt Cup, CAF Super Cup and Egyptian Super Cup
Zamalek’s Moroccan ahead Achraf Bencharki could have one other title shot this Friday, when his facet tackle fellow Egyptians Al Ahly for the 2020 CAF Champions League crown and the suitable to signify Africa on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™.
Bencharki began his skilled profession at Maghreb de Fes earlier than a 2016 transfer to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca, with whom he gained a home league championship in addition to the 2017 Champions League title. During the latter, he additionally completed as second-highest scorer, netting 5 objectives, together with one within the first leg of the ultimate in opposition to Al Ahly, the identical membership he’ll face on Friday.
While comparatively inexperienced on the time of that closing in 2017, Bencharki subsequently loved stints in Asia and Europe and can be hoping to draw on that have when his present facet go up in opposition to their arch-rivals for the continental crown.
After profitable the 2017 Champions League, Bencharki participated in that yr’s FIFA Club World Cup in UAE, beginning Wydad’s first recreation in opposition to Mexico’s Pachuca. The CONCACAF champions prevailed that day with a solitary aim deep in added time, and the Moroccan then sat on the bench within the match for fifth place in opposition to AFC champions Urawa Reds of Japan.
A month after that event, Bencharki joined Saudi heavyweights Al Hilal, taking part within the AFC Champions League and profitable the Saudi league in 2018. He adopted that along with his first skilled expertise in Europe, becoming a member of French membership Lens on mortgage.
“I gained extensive experience playing for a year and a half with Wydad and winning the Moroccan league and Champions League with them,” Bencharki stated of his skilled profession. “After that, I had a good spell with Al Hilal before realising my ambition of playing in Europe, which was a great experience for me.”
Shining once more
Joining Zamalek in July final yr marked a brand new starting for Bencharki. The 26-yr-outdated helped the White Knights win the Egypt Cup final yr after which the CAF Super Cup firstly of this yr, scoring twice in opposition to Tunisia’s Esperance within the latter. 2020 additionally yielded an Egyptian Super Cup title on the expense of Al Ahly, which has naturally raised hopes that they’ll repeat the feat on Friday and seize Africa’s premier membership competitors.
Bencharki has continued to impress in current months and contributed closely to his facet’s reaching the Champions League closing with 5 objectives, together with the decider within the away leg of their semi-closing in opposition to Raja Casablanca. Zamalek subsequently gained the second leg 3-1 in Cairo to arrange an all-Egyptian closing in opposition to Al Ahly.
Discussing his love affair with the African event, Bencharki stated: “The CAF Champions League is the number one tournament I like to play in. I love to show what I’m really capable of in major tournaments like this one. Now I’m enjoying a very good period like the one I had with Wydad. When you play for such big teams, it brings out the best in you,” he added.
As for the upcoming showdown in opposition to Al Ahly, Bencharki completed by saying: “It’s going to be a difficult game in which anything is possible. But personally speaking, I want to win the Champions League title because I love challenges and playing against big teams.”
Whatever the result on Friday, Bencharki has actually gained the hearts of Zamalek followers.