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Morocco’s Hamdallah Announces International Retirement

Hamdalalh’s announcement comes after Morocco’s new coach Vahid Halilhodzic missed him off the squad list for two friendly games.  

Rabat – Moroccan professional footballer Abderrazak Hamdallah announced his international retirement in an Instagram post on Monday, November 11.

The 28-year-old center-forward is a goal machine with his Saudi football club Al Nassr FC, scoring 7 goals since the beginning of the 2019-20 football season.

Hamdallah’s last appearance with the Moroccan national football team was on June 12, 2018, when the Atlas Lions lost to the Gambian national team in a friendly game (1-0).

The Moroccan player was at the center of rumors of a rift within Morocco’s national team when he left the team training camp ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).

The FRMF subsequently released a statement stating that Hamdallah’s departure is due to an injury.

A day later, Hamdallah posted a video of himself training intensively on Instagram, proving that the FRMF statement was inaccurate.

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Several sports news outlets also reported that the major cause of his exit was a rift with his teammate Faycal Fajr during a friendly match between Morocco and Gambia in June.

Hamdallah’s retirement from international football comes after the new Atlas Lions coach failed to list him as part of the Moroccan squad for two friendly matches.

In a press conference on October 9, the Moroccan national football team coach Vahid  Halilhodzic said that he invited Hamdallah to join the training camp ahead of two friendly games against Libya and Gambia.  

However, in an Instagram post, Hamdallah denied receiving an invitation from the coach or from FRMF.