Zakri enjoying football in Iraq


Former Maritzburg United striker Yannik Zakri is now with Iraq side Naft Al-Wasat SC where he seems to be enjoying his football.

The forward has started 2 games and has 1 goal and an assist so far in the Iraq Premier League.

“Here, i’ts more speed. I like the league and they have good players,” Zakri told

Zarki, 28, opened up about his time at Maritzburg for whom he scored 3 goals in 24 appearances last season, before being deemed surplus to requirements.

“At Maritzburg, it was a good time, with the players and coaches. Soccer sometimes you have your bad moments and I think at Maritzburg was a bad time for me about my football.”

Zakri currently plays for Naft Al-Wasat SC.

Zakri said things were better at Ajax Cape Town where he played regularly after being sent on loan by Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign.

“My time at Ajax was very good. I enjoyed every moment there and my football was good even the coach (Mushin Etrugral), president and the fans were happy. I was really happy,” reminisced the Ivorian.

He mentioned that he’s probably not going to play in SA again.

“About coming back to SA, I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a good idea. I am fine and happy here so I don’t think leaving this place is good,” said Zakri.

“The most important thing in football is to be happy and enjoy your football and here, it’s exactly what I wanted, but Sundowns is home,” he added.

By Amahle Siphungu

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