Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi has apologised for missing a crucial penalty against Bafana Bafana and sent a message of support to Hugo Broos’ team.
Hakimi, 25, was one of the most high-profile players at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations but he showed nerves in the 84th minute of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Bafana, blasting a spot-kick to make it 1-1 over the bar.
It resulted in Morocco, who were Africa’s highest-ranked team going into the tournament, being sent home by Bafana, with Hakimi taking to social media to apologise.
“Today is a very difficult and sad day for our elimination,” he wrote.
“Apologies for the penalty, I took the responsibility of helping the team, but unfortunately it didn’t work.
“I want to thank all the Moroccan people for their support, especially all the people who came to Ivory Coast. We will rise and come back stronger from now on! God willing.”
Hakimi also shared a message of support for Morocco winger Amine Adli, who lost his brother ahead of the tournament, before wishing Bafana good luck for the rest of the tournament.
“What about you my brother, Amine Adli fter all you’ve been through, you came and gave it all for your country, we are so proud of you! I love you so much brother.
“Morocco is always! And good luck to the South African national team for the rest of the competition.”