Haashim Domingo ready for Raja Casablanca lifestyle and challenges

Haashim Domingo ready for Raja Casablanca lifestyle and challenges

Former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Haashim Domingo says he is ready for the challenge at Raja Casablanca as he begins life at one of the most supported clubs on the continent.

His move to North Africa last month could be a complete culture shock to his usual lifestyle back home, differing vastly even to his time in Europe.

The Cape Town-born midfielder had stints in Portugal and Norway before, but feels a lot more “mature” to take on the current task at Raja.

"I know what to expect in regards to the supporters however like you said I've also matured over time. I'm not as naïve and young as I used to be. I have a bit of more experience and I think I'm ready for that," Domingo said.

"Sundowns also they are the foundation in terms of the pressure because at Sundowns you wanna play the matches and it's pressure all the time. So, I think they laid a good foundation."

The Botolo Pro League recently wrapped up with Raja only managing fifth place and missing out on next season’s CAF Champions League – an outcome their passionate fans did not take well.

Domingo is fully aware of the demands that come with donning the club’s jersey.

"I also know that the fans on that side, football is like a religion to them. I think I'm well prepared for whatever pressure, whatever is thrown at me. I'm looking forward to getting out there, getting started with the team," he added.

The 27-year-old will now be coached by former Orlando Pirates mentor Josef Zinnbauer, who made sure his support staff includes familiar faces in Fadlu Davids as well as Darian Wilken, which comes as a plus for the player.

"Definitely, it will make me settle and make me feel at ease knowing that there's people who know me and what I'm capable of because they've encountered me in South Africa in the PSL. It kinda makes it easy for me and it also gives me confidence to bring something different because they know what I can also bring."