In a recent interview with An-Nasr’s online news outlet, Amarabat called Hamdallah a “goal machine” with an incredible sense of positioning and movement.
According to Amrabat, his Moroccan teammate has a killer instinct in front of the opposing goal and is better than many of the strikers he has played with, both in European leagues and on the Moroccan national team.
“Hamdallah’s strength resides in his technical qualities, his physical power, and his positional sense. This allows him to convert into goals some of the most difficult situations,” said Amrabat.
Amrabat added, in comments that may come across as a plea in favor of Hamdallah’s return to the Moroccan national team, that his An-Nasr teammate is one of the best and most reliable strikers he has played with. “He is one of the best I have played with so far, be it in the Netherlands, in the Spanish league, or even in the national team.”
The comments come amid controversies between Hamdallah and the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), and unsettled questions between the player and the national team.
Hamdallah unceremoniously left the Moroccan squad for the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) in mysterious circumstances mere days before the start of the tournament.
FRMF said the player was gravely injured a few days ahead of CAN and needed replacing.
But there were suspicions that Hamdallah, who was new to the Herve Renard-coached squad, had been made to leave because of his cold relationship with the then-coaching staff and some of the group’s established players.
In a recent video, however, Hamdallah complained about the unfriendly atmosphere that forced him out of the group. He felt unwelcome and unwanted, he said.
With Morocco’s new coach purportedly in a reconstruction mood and ready to “give each player his chance,” it remains to be seen whether Hamdallah will finally get a lasting spot in the Moroccan squad.