Now, Bounou’s son is not far behind his father to take the limelight as the sweet video of the father-son duo has gone viral on social media. The adorable moment was captured when Bounou’s son was seen licking the mic mistakenly thinking it was ice cream.
Yassine Bounou’s son thinking the 🎤 to be 🍦 is supremely adorable! ❤️ #FIFAWorldCup https://t.co/YTorvQwDvM
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1671001235000
Previously, Morocco had become the first African team and the first Arab nation to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup.
Morocco emerged as a force to be reckoned with as they exceeded expectations by beating a succession of much higher ranked European sides – Belgium in the group stage and then Spain and Portugal in the round of 16. He has set up more than a dozen additional flights to take fans to Qatar.
Bounou held off 2018 runners-up Croatia in the tournament opener. He suddenly disappeared just before kick-off in a 2-0 win over Belgium after lining up with the team for the national anthems.
Replaced by Munir El Kajoui, coach Walid Regragui then cleared up the mystery by explaining that Bounou had felt bad after receiving a blow against Croatia.
Bounou, 31, has not made a mistake since his return against Canada, his native country. Despite Nayef Aguerd’s own goal, a 2-1 win saw Morocco emerge as the surprising winners of Group F.
Remarkably, no opposing player has scored against Morocco at this World Cup – and that remains true despite the North Africans needing penalties to face Spain in the round of 16.
After Pablo Sarabia hit the post with Spain’s opening kick, Bounou saved from Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets as Morocco won 3-0 in a shootout to reach the quarter-finals for the first time ever.
He was man of the match again in a 1-0 win over Portugal, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup dreams by disallowing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in stoppage time.
(With contributions from the agency)