Morocco summons Munir El Hadaddi against Senegal and DRC

Thanks to the new FIFA reform, Munir El Haddadi could finally wear the Morocco team jersey.

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Vahid Halilhodzic, the coach of the Morocco team, unveiled on October 1, 2020 a list of 26 players for a course punctuated by two matches, against Senegal and DR Congo.

The Spanish international Munir El Haddadi was summoned for the occasion, one month before the resumption of qualifying for CAN 2021.


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Will Munir El Haddadi finally play for the Moroccan national team after having been a very ephemeral representative of the Spanish selection?

The Sevilla FC striker could indeed make his debut with the Atlas Lions on the occasion of two friendly matches, scheduled for Rabat against Senegal (October 9) and DR Congo (October 13).

The 25-year-old left-hander was in any case summoned by Vahid Halilhodzic, this October 1, 2020.


Because of various administrative and medical things, we called a few more players

, preferred to warn the Bosnian technician during a long press conference.

We are not yet completely sure about three players



There is still the question for these three players whether they will be able to arrive and be qualified […].

Our president

[Fouzi Lekjaa, the boss of the Moroccan Federation, Editor's note]

even caused an exceptional discussion in FIFA on the qualification of certain players who have chosen another selection


Vahid Halilhodzic refers to a

new rule on changes of nationality

which should allow some binationals like El Haddadi to represent Morocco after playing for another national team A. “ 

It is their initiative

, assured the former coach of Côte d'Ivoire and Algeria to Moroccan journalists wondering about the approach of these players.

I think they are sincere in their words


Seven new

In total, seven new ones are on the list for the preparatory stage for the resumption of

qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

 : defenders Samy Mmaee (Sint-Truiden / Belgium) and Soufiane Chakla (Villarreal / Spanish) ;

midfielders Nassim Boujellab (Schalke 04 / Germany), Driss Saddiki (Willem II / Netherlands) and Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt / Germany);

attackers Mohammed Rharsalla (Slovan Bratislava / Slovakia) and Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla FC / Spain).

Two notable absences, however: those of defender Yunis Abdelhamid (poor form) and midfielder Adel Taarabt (injury).

Regarding star Hakim Ziyech, the coach stressed that the Chelsea (England) playmaker " 

has an injury

 " but he hopes " 

that he can play


Vahid Halilhodzic intends to test new things in view of the double confrontation of November 2020 against the Central African Republic (between November 9 and 17), in the CAN 2021 qualifiers.

(1) Munir El Haddadi, Samy Mmaee and Aymen Barkok.

Morocco: the 26 players selected by Vahid Halilhodzic

Our # AtlasLions🦁🇲🇦 are 🔙🔜

Vahid Halilhodžić has named a 26-player squad for the October training camp at Mohammed VI Football Complex.

Good luck to our National Team!

💚🇲🇦❤️ # DimaMaghrib

  FRMF (@FRMFOFFICIEL) October 1, 2020


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