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Saudi Arabia’s Naif Hazazi joins Romanian outfit FC Botosani

Naif Hazazi

international forward officially joined Romania’s FC Botosani on loan till the summer with an option to buy.

Before moving to Romania, Naif Hazazi played for Saudi Arabian outfit Al Taawoun alongside Egyptian veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary and former Zamalek player Mostafa Fathi.

“He’s a player I’ve been watching for some time,” said Cornel Sfaiter, FC Botosani’s chairman. “I liked how he moved during the friendly match with Bucovina Radauti. He has a clear vision when playing.”

The player featured in his team’s friendly 4-0 win over Bucovina Radauti. He even scored the club’s fourth goal in the 90th minute.

Hazazi is a product of Ittihad Jeddah’s youth team and started playing for the first team in 2006. The forward stayed there till 2013 when he moved to Al Shabab. He then stayed in Riyadh but joined Al Nasr followed by a short stint with Al Taawoun.

In this season, he scored a total of two goals after only playing 10 matches in the league and Saudi Crown Prince Cup.

“I hope that we can help each other in achieving our goals. He signed a contract till the summer with a possibility to extend his stay,” the club’s president added. “He joined the squad two weeks ago, and I hope he can get used to it as soon as possible.”

The 29-year-old striker made his debut with the Saudi national team back in 2008. He made 56 appearances with his national team in which he scored 14 goals. By moving to Romania, he is aiming to grab the national team’s attention and secure a spot in the squad that will head to Russia in the summer.

“If he performs well with the team he will surely be included in the Saudi Arabian squad. We hope to complete all the documents in the shortest possible time so that he will be eligible to play as soon as possible,” Sfaiter concluded.

Saudi Arabia were drawn in Group A alongside Egypt, hosts Russia and Uruguay. In March, they suffered a 4-0 defeat from Belgium in a friendly that was held at the Heysel stadium in Brussels.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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