After her shined through and scored the winning goal for Al Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup match against Al Masry, Walid Azaro is gaining the love of the fans bit by bit and his desirable next stop would be the national Moroccan football team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
The Morocco international joined the Red Devils from Difaa El Jadida last summer, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 15 games.
Azaro says he turned down offers from Europe in order to join Egypt’s Al Ahly. The 22-year-old feels the eight-time continental champions are the ‘biggest’ club in Africa.
That was perspicuously the right decision. His pace and physique prompted coach Hossam El-Badry to rely on him and has grasped his chance with both hands, becoming Ahly’s number one choice upfront. In a statement he made after the Cairo derby against Zamalek, he said: “I can assure the Al Ahly fans that I am happy to be here and that I will do my best to help the club to more titles”.
Azaro becomes the first Moroccan international to move to Egypt since Abdessalam Benjelloun spent a season at Ismaili in 2010.
Azaro is hoping his current form will help him play at the World Cup with Morocco. He has earned three international caps with the Atlas Lions so far, featuring in two friendly games and one African Cup of Nations qualifier. “Even the national team coach Herve Renard tried to persuade me to choose France, but I declined,” Azaro said at his unveiling last summer.
Morocco was put in Group B in the World Cup. For their part, they will face current European champions Portugal and former World Champions Spain as well as Iran.