The 22-year old said that choosing to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands was a rational choice.
Rabat – Moroccan footballer Oussama Idrissi has expressed his gratitude for the support he received after he chose to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.
The footballer shared his gratitude in a message posted on Instagram with a Moroccan flag in the background of the photo.
“I am very proud and honoured that I will join the Moroccan National Team in the near future in sha allah!” he wrote.
He also thanked Moroccans for their “many wonderful reactions.”
The head coach of the Atlas Lions, Herve Renard, welcomed the decision of the Dutch-Moroccan winger.
Renard tweeted, “Congratulations. Oussama Idrissi has decided to play with Morocco national team.”
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I am very proud and honoured that I will join the Morroccan National Team in the near future in sha allah 🇲🇦! Thank you Moroccan fans for the many wonderful reactions ❤️ Also many thanks for the warm welcome from the staff and my fellow teammates. And special thanks to coach Hervé Renard and President Fouzi Lekjaa for making this possible! I will wear the jersey with pride and dedication and I will represent my country as a real Atlas Lion 🇲🇦🦁#dimamaghrib #frmf #atlaslions #lionsdelatlas #elhamdoulilah
Renard said that Idrissi’s skills would be an “additional asset for the Atlas Lions.”
In response, Idrissi thanked Renard and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) President Fouzi Lekjaa for making his decision “possible.”
Idrissi said that he would wear his Moroccan jersey with pride and dedication.
“I will represent my country as a real Atlas Lion.”
In a previous interview with Volkskrant, the footballer said that playing for Morocco “was a rational choice.”
He added that he had nothing against the Netherlands, and it had taught him standards and values.
But, he said, “as a Muslim you basically follow the culture of your father. And my father is Moroccan.”
Idrissi may join the Atlas Lions as early as their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Malawi on March 23.