Moroccan press reports confirmed that the coach of the Moroccan national team, the Bosnian Wahid Halilhodzic, was subjected to enormous pressures on him by the Moroccan media and the fans of the “Atlas Lions” enthusiastic about the return of the two stars, Hakim Ziyech, of Chelsea, and Nasir Mazraoui, of Ajax Amsterdam, to the ranks of the next Moroccan team to participate in the World Cup finals. World Qatar 2022.
Halilhodzic had repeatedly closed the door to the return of this duo to the Moroccan national team for disciplinary reasons. The two players rejected the invitation extended to them by the Moroccan Football Association last March to participate in the two matches of the qualifying round for the World Cup in Qatar against the Democratic Republic of Congo, and announced their retirement from international football; Because of their strained relationship with the Bosnian coach.
The Moroccan “lionsdelatlas” website stated that Halilhodzic met in the Netherlands with Moroccan star Nassir Mazraoui, who will move to Bayern Munich next season, and added that the player took a picture with the coach while they were holding the Moroccan flag, which means, according to the same source, the end of the tense relationship between the two parties. The source also expected an imminent meeting between Halilhodzic and Chelsea player Ziyech, and another meeting with Olympique Marseille player Amin Harith.
Halilhodzic previously excluded Ziyech and Mazraoui from participating in the last matches of the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup Qatar 2022, and in the two decisive round matches against the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the end of last March; For disciplinary reasons, according to what the coach announced in a press conference at the time.
Commenting on what happened, Halilhodzic said at the time: “If a player refuses to train and play and pretends to be injured, that’s the end of the story for me.” That’s the end of the story for me. It’s my decision, I don’t want to talk about it anymore. If anyone thinks differently, that’s their business.”
Ziyech, 29, announced, in early February, his retirement from international football, after a dispute with the Bosnian coach, who accused Ziash of disrespect, which threatens the cohesion of the group, according to the coach, and the same applies to Mazraoui, who refused the coach’s invitation. Because of his marginalization, accusing him of lying, in a previous post on his account on “Instagram”.
It is worth noting that the Qatar World Cup 2022 draw resulted in Morocco in Group F along with Belgium, Croatia and Canada. The Atlas Lions aspire to qualify for the second round of the international competition, by exploiting the factor of playing on Arab lands for the first time.
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