Morocco: Halilhodzic opens door for return of Ziyech and Mazraoui in selection

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With Hakim Ziyech and Nausser Mazrouei in cold weather, Moroccan coach Wahid Hlillhodzik said on Friday that it was “the story’s over”, thus opening the door to selections for players from Chelsea and Ajax Amsterdam, seven months away. in the age of Cup in Qatar.

Franco-Bosnian Moroccan coach Wahid Hlillhodzik, who qualified his team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, said his decision not to call star Hakim Ziyach as well as Nausser Mazrouei was “one story over” for him.

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“The player who refuses to train, who refuses to play, who pretends to have injuries, for me it is the end of the story,” Hilhodzi said on Croatian television channel Nova TV when asked if he would play for the world. Will be ready to call two players. Cup (November 21-December 18).

Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech and Ajax Amsterdam defender Nouser Mazrouei, who dropped out with the coach for qualifying play-off matches against Democratic Republic of the Congo at the end of March, were not called for qualifying play-off matches. . Halilhodzik’s statement comes a week after Moroccan Football Federation president Fauji Lekja, who assured that the doors of selection would be “open to all Moroccan players, no matter what the dispute”. But for Halilhodzik, “the national team is something sacred”, it “doesn’t belong to the players (but) to this whole people”.

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“This story is over for me”

“When someone behaves like this, that’s the story for me and I don’t want to talk about it any more. I made such a decision. The fact that someone thinks differently, it’s their business.” – they tell.

Ziyech, 29, announced in early February that he was retiring from international duty after falling out with Halilhodzik. Halilhodzik has been criticized for his tactical choice and team composition in Morocco, despite qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, fueling rumors of a departure months before the tournament.

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Asked about his future as Morocco’s chief of selection, Hlihodzik, who was sacked by Cte d’Ivoire in 2010 and Japan qualified for the World Cup in 2018, he said he was “calm”. “We’ll see. A lot of weird things have happened in my life already (…) If someone thinks differently, it’s their business. If they’re not happy with me, it’s not the first time we parted. gone”, he underlined.

In Qatar, Morocco will face Croatia, the vice-world champion and “favourite”, according to Hlihodzik of Group F, which also features Belgium and Canada. “But we are not going to turn around in this game. We will do everything we possibly can to beat Croatia. We will prepare every little detail and try to surprise.”

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