The footballer will take part in the upcoming matches for the Atlas Lions.
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced it received a letter from FIFA to approve Moroccan-Dutch football player Oussama Idrissi’s request to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.
On March 18, FRMF said that the footballer, who currently plays for the Dutch Az Alkmaar football club, would play with the Atlas Lions against Malawi on Friday, March 22.
The game is Morocco’s final qualifier match of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). Morocco has already qualified for the competition.
Idrissi will also be in the lineup of the Moroccan team playing a friendly game against Argentina on March 26.
Idrissi, who announced his decision to play for Morocco in February, said that he is “very proud” and “honored” that he will join the Moroccan national football team.
“I will represent my country as a real Atlas Lion,” he said. “I was born and raised here [Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. As a Muslim you basically follow the culture of your father. And my father is Moroccan,” Idrissi explained.
Ahead of the Morocco-Malawi game, Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard shared his lineup, calling 18 football players for the game.
According to FRMF, the 18-player list includes: