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Mehdi Benatia Pays For Small Village In Morocco To Watch AFCON Game Against South Africa

Mehdi Benatia Pays For Small Village In Morocco To Watch AFCON Game Against South Africa

Morocco skipper Mehdi Benatia has personally paid for a small village to watch the Atlas Lions' next game in the Africa Cup of Nations.

With no TV or access to the relevant channel, a large group of youngsters in Douar Ait Baaziz had to watch the 1-0 win over Ivory Coast on a single small phone screen.

The powerful image begun to do the rounds on social media and so Soccer212, a big account for news and updates on all things Moroccan football, got involved and started a campaign for them to have a better viewing experience.

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But they then made the decision to cancel their solidarity fund because former Juventus, Roma and Bayern centre-back Benatia became aware of the young boys' passion.

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The 32-year old centre-back then went on to pay for a big TV set, access to beIN Sports and all the other necessary equipment in a wonderful gesture.

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Explaining his gesture on social media, Benatia said: "When you watch something like this, one can only wish to give back, give away everything. This is for you my boys; we will do everything to make you happy."

It truly is what the beautiful game is all about...

Topics: Football News, south africa, Africa, Football, African Football, AFCON, Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco

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