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FRMF: Hamdallah Never Officially Quit National Team

Hamdallah announced his international retirement in an Instagram post on November 11.

Rabat – The president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, has spoken out about Moroccan football player Abderrazak Hamdallah’s retirement announcement.

On November 11, the football player announced his international retirement in an Instagram post.

In response, Lekjaa said that the FRMF has not yet received any official notice about the football player’s retirement.

Cited by Saudi sports news outlet Arriyadiyah, Lekjaa said that it is important for the players to respect the choices of Morocco’s head coach Vahid Halilhodzic in terms of his selection of players to participate in qualifier games for the Africa Cup of Nations 2021.

Hamdallah made his last appearance with the Atlas Lions in a friendly match with Gambia in June.

The football player left the training camp a day after the match, allegedly due to a rift between him and his teammates.

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Hamdallah’s decision to announce his international retirement came just three days after Halilhodzic unveiled his 24 player list for the Moroccan squad set to take part in the qualifier games. Hamdallah’s name did not appear on the list.

In addition to Hamdallah, the Bosnian coach also did not call up Moroccan international football player Amine Harit.

Despite having had an outstanding season with his German football club Schalke 04, the Bosnian coach was not satisfied with Harit’s latest performance with the Atlas Lions and so did not list him for the upcoming games.

The international football player spoke about not being called up for the upcoming matches in a televised broadcast last week.

“He [Halilhodzic] told me that there were things he did not appreciate from both my club and myself, about the fact that I had some pain and my club asked me to be careful,” Harit said.

He added that the Bosnian coach also told him that he doesn’t “appreciate” his performance.