“He just plays for his mum”; Selim Amallah’s cousin on what motivates Moroccan midfielder following tragedy in 2011

In an in depth interview with Het Nieuwsblad, Selim Amallah’s cousin Maximiliano Caufriez talks about how tradegy impacted upon a young Selim Amallah and drove him to be a footballing success. Amallah’s mother, Mama Antoinette tragically died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on the night of September the 2nd. This took place in 2011, when Amallah was still a teenager.

Caufriez, who himself plays for Clermont Foot in France, explains how he and Amallah trained together at Anderlecht in Belgium. The cousin of Amallah reveals that it is the death of his mother than inspires Amallah, saying “Believe me, he just plays for his mum”. Following his release from Anderlecht, Amallah eventually found himself at Mouscron, where he was successful in gaining a lucrative move to Belgian giants Standard Liege in 2019.

Amallah is currently out of favour at his club side Standard Liege, as he looks to find a move abroad with the hope that a successful world cup campaign will help his chances. Head coach of Standard, Ronny Deila, recently revealed in an interview that he wanted Amallah to stay at the club.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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