Aziz, Berkane’s ‘Captain Marvel’

Aziz, Berkane’s ‘Captain Marvel’
17 May 2019 09:34

It is at the age of 34 that Mohammed Aziz's dream of playing a continental final has come true. The RS Berkane captain is 180 minutes away from winning his first continental tittle.

The veteran defender is the only member of the generation that gained promotion to the Moroccan top league during the 2011/12 season. Since then, thanks to his hard work, commitment, and leadership qualities, he has led the club to winning ‘Coupe du trône (Moroccan version of the FA Cup) in 2018, the only major silverware in the history of the Berkane-based club.

“Playing for RS Berkane is the dream of many players. I am proud and satisfied to be here because since my arrival, I have dealt with professional people in the club,” Aziz told CAFOnline.com.

The defender who used to play in RS Settat has become a leader on and off the pitch.
“Being the captain came thanks to the confidence of the club's administration and technical staff in my abilities. Not every player can be the captain. You have to be an example to other players and be as professional as all the components of the club,” he adds.

“When he is absent, the team is never the same. He is the man behind the winning spirit we have seen in the team recently", Moroccan journalist Mohamed Tlaghi said.

In addition to his defending roles, Aziz has good passing skills and a knack for scoring goals. He has scored six goals this season. Physically and tactically, he is one of the best players in Moroccan top flight despite his age. Tactically and mentally, he is a coach on the pitch.

“He is a leader, teacher and a mental coach for the other players. He has fallen in love with the Orange city that's why he has turned down so many opportunities to move to other clubs,” ardent supporter Mostapha Berjal spoke of the Berkane number 25.

“I respect my teammates, and try to advise and guide the younger players. It is not easy for some of them to play in a continental club championship at the age of 20,” Aziz pointed out.

The experienced defender is loved by supporters of the Oranges, with his leadership and exemplary lifestyle earning him plaudits.

“His good ethics make a difference. He is modest and faithful. I wish he would lead the team to beat Zamalek and bring the trophy to our city,” Said Yassine Talbi, another supporter.

Despite being the underdogs against Egyptian giants Zamalek in the final, Aziz believes they can defy the odds if they keep the winning spirit they have shown this season.
“Our strength is our team spirit. We have to stay focused and avoid the pressure of the final", he said.

Aziz has one international cap with the Atlas Lions, It was against Rwanda in January 2016.

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