Box Hill United senior men’s side have added pacy attacker Souheil Msahli Azagane to their ranks, and the forward player is feeling right at home.
Azagane, 26 and of Spanish and Tunisian origins, arrived in Australia in 2014. After a brief spell in the State League with Fitzroy City, he spent a season-and-a-half at Hume City followed by a switch to Richmond SC.
Sunshine George Cross came calling in 2017, where he stayed before securing the move to Wembley Park.
Well into pre-season training ahead of his first season with Box Hill, Azagane said, “I am feeling very welcomed by the boys and the coaches [at Box Hill].
“We started [pre-season] pretty early, and from day one, we started pushing hard to have that endurance to start the season in a great shape. We had a nice break during Christmas, and I am feeling okay.
“As soon as I got the call from Michael and Con, I did not think twice. I had heard amazing things about these coaches and came here. Undoubtedly, there is a great combination of experienced players and talented kids, along with experienced coaches. So, I could not reject the option.”
A hardworking forward player, Azagane is always looking to burst into deadly runs behind the opposition backline, banking on his blistering pace.
At Sunshine George Cross, he played alongside Nepalese international Jagajeet Shrestha – also dubbed as the ‘Nepalese Messi’ – and reached the 2015 FFA Cup semi-final with Hume City but lost 3-0 to Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
The two-footed frontman is now determined to set his sights high donning the blue of Box Hill, and said, “As I said earlier, on having a first look at the experienced [senior] boys and the talented [young] players, I’m excited with what lies ahead. “
“With the quality that we have got in the squad and the experienced coaches, and with a great pre-season pushing hard, I think we can achieve many great moments for the club.”