Rabat – Former international football player Ruud Gullit said that the Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) should reconsider its plans to invest in Moroccan-Dutch football players.
Traditionally, dual nationality makes it hard for a football player, who face the dilemma of choosing between two national teams. This is the case of international football player Mohammed Ihattern, who has not yet decided whether he will represent Morocco or the Netherlands.
Both the Moroccan and Dutch national teams are striving to convince the young football prodigy join them.
Gullit believes that there is no point in investing in Moroccan-Dutch football players in case Ihattaren chooses Morocco.
“It makes no sense if that happens again,” he said in a sports television show broadcast on Ziggo Sport Voetbal.
Gullit is annoyed by the number of Moroccan-Dutch football players, who decided to represent Morocco’s national team instead of the Netherlands’.
The Dutch football federation has failed to convince several Moroccan-Dutch football players to represent the Orange team. The list includes , Oussama Idrissi, Hakim Ziyech, Nordin Amrabat, and Sofyan Amrabat.
The decision of Moroccan-Dutch football players to represent Morocco has angered many people in the Netherlands.
Last week, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman accused Moroccan Dutch footballers, including Ziyech,Noussair Mazraoui, and Idrissi of receiving bribes from Morocco.
Referring to Inhattaren, Koeman added that “if the player was given a large sum by Moroccan officials, their Dutch counterparts could not do much; it makes it difficult to convince them to play for our teams.”
Ziyech refuted the claims, saying that “people invent the craziest things.”
“I have not received any money to play with the Moroccan national team and the same applies to Nossair Mazraoui and Oussama Idrissi,” he said.