The president of the Moroccan Football Association, Faouzi Lekjaa, will hold a crucial meeting with the coach of the Moroccan national team, Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, next Monday, May 9, according to the account of the “BN Sports” news channel on Twitter, Thursday evening, May 5.
This meeting comes days after the Moroccan Football Association denied the recently circulated news about the dismissal of the Bosnian coach who led the “Atlas Lions” to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In an official statement on May 2, the Moroccan Federation said: “In response to what was circulated by some websites and the news they published stating that the decision to dismiss Vahid Halilhodzic was taken by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation on Monday, May 2, in an effort to enlighten public opinion and remove all confusion. No meeting took place today between the university president and the coach.
The statement added: “Halelozic, who is still on vacation outside Morocco, will join the Mohammed VI complex this week, as previously announced.” Head of the technical management of the “Atlas Lions”.
Why did the talk about the dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic from coaching the Moroccan national team?
Press reports had claimed that the Moroccan Federation had taken a decision to dismiss Halilhodzic because of his statements in which he responded to the president of the Moroccan Football Association regarding the return of the excluded players; Chelsea player Hakim Ziyech and Ajax player Nossair Mazraoui to the Morocco squad, in order to participate in the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year.
Ziyech, 29, announced in early February his retirement from international football, after a dispute with Halilhodzic, who accused him of disrespect, which threatens the group’s cohesion, according to the coach, and the same applies to Nasir Mazraoui, who refused the coach’s invitation because of his marginalization and accusation Halilhodzic By lying frankly, in a previous post on his “Instagram” account.
Halilhodzic was criticized for his tactical choices and the squad for the Moroccan national team, despite qualifying for the World Cup; The fans are calling for the return of Ziyech and Mazraoui, which the Bosnian coach rejects.
The World Cup draw resulted in Morocco falling into Group F, along with Belgium, Croatia and Canada. The Atlas Lions aspire to qualify for the second round of the global competition, by exploiting the factor of playing on Arab lands for the first time.
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