ajax’s hakim ziyech wins ‘gouden schoen’

11:00    05 Sep 2018

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax
AFC Ajax’s Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech has been awarded the Dutch Footballer of the Year award, known as the ‘Gouden Schoen’ (Golden Boot).

The Eredivisie star succeeds compatriot Karim El Ahmadi, who claimed the honour in 2017 for his performances in the colours of Feyenoord.

The award is given by newspaper De Telegraaf in partnership with the Dutch football federation.

"Ziyech is a piece of jewellery for Dutch football," Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said.

"I think he plays football in a nice team, with lots of good footballers around him and it runs smoothly, which gives him pleasure and motivation to achieve even more."

The Atlas Lions attacking midfielder racked up nine goals and 14 assists to help Ajax finish second in the Eredivisie, and he has continued his fine form this term to help the Amsterdam club qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Playing in the premier continental competition has convinced Ziyech to remain with Ajax, having been strongly linked with a move to Italian giants Roma in the European summer.

"We said we want to play in the Champions League with the strongest possible team," said Ajax's managing director Edwin van der Sar.

"We may not have counted one hundred percent on Hakim, but we are very happy that we have come together and that he is here for another year at Ajax."

Ziyech is the third Moroccan to receive the award after El Ahmadi last year and Mounir El Hamdaoui in 2009.

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