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Young striker called up for international duty

Posted onPosted on 4th Feb

Mansfield Town’s teenage striker Zayn Hakeem has been called up by Antigua and Barbuda U20s.

The 17-year-old will be part of the squad to face Mexico, Honduras and Canada in Group A of the FIFA World Cup 2017 qualifiers/CONCACAF Finals.

The tournament will take place from 15th February to 6th March.

The frontman previously bagged a brace for Antigua and Barbuda U20s in a 3-2 win against Bermuda in October.

Hakeem has been a regular in the Stags’ youth team this season, which currently sits top of the Football League Youth Alliance.

Stags’ academy manager John Dempster said: “Since returning from his last international call-up, Zayn signed a pro contrac,t which shows that the club is committed to him and believes in his progression.

“This experience can only aid Zayn’s development further by playing against players from different footballing cultures.

“Zayn has fantastic raw attributes in his power and pace. If he can improve on his technical aspects and game understanding we could have a real player on our hands.”