Morocco: Federation president pressures Wahid to return Ziyach


The Moroccan Football Federation boss has said the doors of a Moroccan team qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are “open” for Hakim Ziyech, still in conflict with coach Wahid Hlillhodzik.


It’s hard not to see a jolt of pressure there. Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) boss Fauzi Lekja has sent a clear message to Wahid Hlillhodzik regarding the Hakim Ziyech case.

“The doors of the national team are open to all Moroccan players, regardless of differences. No one can deprive a Moroccan player from playing with the national team, be it Hakim Zich, Nausair Mazrouei or any other”, he Told during a Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday evening


A scuffle with the Lions coach, Chelsea’s attacking midfielder and Ajax Amsterdam side missed out on the last African Cup of Nations, with Morocco reaching the quarter-finals. They were also not there for the play-offs against the Democratic Republic of Congo for the 2022 World Cup.

An upcoming discussion with the warriors

A situation that is becoming increasingly tense as we approach this key meeting in Qatar (21 November – 18 December) for which Morocco has qualified. Fauji Lekza announced that he intends to discuss “this personal conviction” with Halilhodzik upon his return from leave at the end of April.

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Ziyach announced in early February that he was retiring from international football because of his conflicting relationship with Hlihodzik, who accuses him of a lack of respect which, according to him, threatens the cohesion of the group. . Despite qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, the former PSG and FC Nantes coach was criticized for his tactical choice and team composition in Morocco, fueling rumors of a departure months before the tournament.

“God only knows what the future will be”

Halilhodzic “is the coach of the national team at the moment”, assured the FRMF president, describing the relationship between the two men as “normal”. “But only God knows what the future will be made of,” he added without saying more.


The Franco-Bosnian technician had already qualified Cte d’Ivoire for the 2010 World Cup, Algeria for 2014 and Japan for the Russian edition in 2018. But it is sometimes difficult to pass their methods. In 2010, the Ivorian Federation showed him the door shortly before the World Cup. Similar scenario in 2018: He was fired as coach of Japan two months before moving to Russia.


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