Rabat – Injured in the first minutes of the Atlas Lions’ impressive 3-1 win over Guinea last Wednesday, playmaker Abdelilah Hafidi has been declared unfit for 10 days of play by the local team’s medical staff.
This injury marks a serious blow to the tactical game and morale of the Atlas Lions, especially considering that Achraf Bencharki, another vital playmaker, may not continue with the team given his imminent move to the Saudi El Halil squad following the tournament
Hafidi suffered a muscular strain in his groin 17 minutes into the Guinea game last Wednesday., at which time he was replaced by Walid El Karti of Wydad Casablanca. Said Zkini, the leading medic with the local Lions said that Hafidi would not be able to play for at least ten consecutive days.
As a result, the local playmaker won’t feature in the upcoming game against Sudan this on Sunday, which will determine the tournament leaders. Hafidi will also be quarter-final play.
Should Morocco reach the semifinals, Hafidi could return for the local Lions’ prospective final triumph.
Despite this setback, coach Jamal Sellami, sees no reason to panic, as he believes that every single player must feel integral to the success of the team if the squad is to go far in the tournament.
“Everyone is important, but no one is indispensable”, Sellami concluded.