By Elbarakah Tarik
By Elbarakah Tarik
Morocco World News
Rabat, January 24, 2013
Loads of critical and insulting comments engulfed the social networks as our “Atlas Lions” seem to be struggling to make it to the next round with only two points after two games in Group A, which, according, was to analysts in “Morocco’s backyard.”
The harsh reality now says that a high probability for packing is looming in the horizons. This fact ignited a wave of dissatisfaction among many Moroccans who criticized everything from the football federation policies to the players performance on the pitch and ending by the manger choices and his field strategies.
Another criticism this time didn’t come from a fanatic fan but instead it came from the very controversial Pim verbeek. For those who are not very familiar with him, the latter is in charge of our national Olympic team and he is the general supervisor of all the other sub-categories. He belittled Taoussi’s efforts when he said, in an interview for a dutch newspaper, that he is predicting for Taoussi’s Morocco a quick come back from the tournament. He also criticized fiercely the manager’s choices of players by describing not calling for Taarabt and Bosofa as a “huge mistake.”
Let’s us never forget that the same Verbeek still receives a lavish salary of more than one hundred thousand US dollars from the Moroccan federation (ranked the second highest salary in the continent after Ivory coast’s sabri lamouchi). I don’t know what is keeping the Federation from bouncing him although he did nothing remarkable with the team he coaches or the other teams he supervises since his arrival.
His recent failure in the 2012 London Olympics is a concrete example of what I’m talking about. He didn’t succeed in going any further than the first round after two draw matches against Spain and Honduras and a lost in front of Japan.
Besides criticizing, Verbeek is also very good in causing shenanigans wherever he goes.
He was about to fire the captain Hossine Kharja back in the London games after the latter declined his offer of shaking hands with him after the match against Honduras. This act caused a state of chaos inside the Moroccan camp after other players threatened not to participate in the following matches if Kharja leaves the team. So, in a hopeless maneuver to overcome the situation, Verbeek decided to keep Kharja despite the fact that he put him in an embarrassing position.
Verbeek also took a hard line with the media people and the supporters by refusing to allow them to cover or attend the national team’s trainings and activities. He said he was preserving the team’s concentration and readiness to the next matches ahead.
I know it took us one hell of a battle to get rid of Eric Gerets and an enduring commitment to dethrone him, but if it needed the same approach to sack Verbeek we are willing to do it. I’m still questioning why we are so much in love with the foreigners and undermine the potentials of coaches of our own who can deliver?
My deduction is that Verbeek is good only in things that were not included in his contract that will expire in 2014. People who are paying his mouth watering salary every month from their taxes are expecting little more hard working and a little less trash talking.
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