It seems like Vahid is taking the aspirations of Moroccan football fans to heart.
Rabat – The new coach of the national football team, Vahid Halilhodzic, has surprised Moroccan football fans, as his preliminary list of football players includes more players from the Moroccan league or El Botola.
On August 16, the Royal Football Federation (FRMF) published the list of the players for his first training camp with the Atlas Lions. The training sessions will take place from September 1-10.
Halilhodzic named 49 football players in his squad for the training camp.
While the list includes key football players in the national team, it still included many surprises for Moroccan football fans. The list includes several football players from the Moroccan league, including Walid El Karti of Wydad Casablanca, and his teammates Ayoub El Kaabi and Ismail Haddad, and Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti.
Both key goalkeepers Yassine Bounou and Munir Kajoui Tagnaouti have been summoned.
Mehdi Oublia of Hassania Agadir and Saad Lagrou from Olympique Club of Khouribga (OCK) also made it om the preliminary list.
The coach also summoned Adel Taarabt, who has been looking forward to joining the Atlas Lions. Taarabt, who renewed his contract with Portugal’s Benfica club, called on the former Atlas Lions head caoch Herve Renard to summon him to play with the national team during the 2018 World Cup.
The list also includes regular football layers, such as M’bark Boussoufa, Amine Harit, Soufian Boufal, Mehdi Benatia, and Nabil Dirar. Both key goalkeepers Yassine Bounou and Munir Kajoui Tagnaouti have been summoned.
The full list is as follows:
Medhi Benatia, Qatari Al Duhail football club
Badr Banoune, Raja of Casablanca
Jaouad Yamiq, France’s Dijon
Marouane Da Costa, Saudi Ittihad Jeddah
Ghanem Saïss, England’s Wolverhampton
Yunis Abdelhamid, France’s Stade de Reims
Zouhair Feddal (Real Betis/ESP)
Naïf Aguerd, France’s Dijon
Saad Lagrou, Olympique Club of Khouribga
Abdelkarim Baadi, Hassania Agadir
Oualid El Hajjam, France’s ESTAC Troyes
Karim El Ahmadi, Saudi Ittihad Jeddah
Youssef Aït Bennasser , France’ AS Monaco
Sofyan Amrabat, Belgium’s Club Bruges
Yahya Jabrane, Wydad Casablanca
Mehdi Bourabia, Italy’s Sassuolo
Fayçal Fajr, Spain’s Getafe
Walid El Karti ,Wydad Casablnaca
Mehdi Oubila ,Hassania Agadir
M’bark Boussoufa (no club)
Younès Belhanda, Turkey’s Galatasaray)
Hakim Ziyech, Netherlands’ Ajax Amsterdam
Achraf Bencharki, Egypt’s Al Zamalek
Noureddine Amrabat, Saudi Al-Nasr Riyad
Adel Taarabt, Portugal’s Benfica
Oussama Idrissi, Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar.
Walid Azarou, Egypt’s Al Zamalek
Rachid Alioui , France’s Angers
Ayoub El Kaabi, Wydad Casablanca
Nabil Zoubdi Touizi, England’s Manchester City
Khalid Boutaïb, Egypt’s Al Zamalek
Amine Harit, Germany’s Schalke 04.
Mehdi Carcela, Belgium’s Standard de Liège.
Soufiane Boufal, England’s Southampton.
Ismaïl Haddad, Wydad Casablanca
Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV Eindhoven/PB).
Anouar Thami, Spain’s Valladolid.