The national team will play against Burundi today.
Rabat – Head coach of Morocco’s national team, Vahid Halilhodzic said the Moroccan football squad is full of talented players.
He acknowledged that the players still need work and time to improve.
“The team needs time, certainly talent is important but it is not enough,” the head coach said in a press conference prior to the African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier match with Burundi.
The match is the second of its kind as part of the CAN qualifiers.
Last week, Morocco played a qualifier match against Mauritania.
The match ended with a 0-0 score, leading Morocco to qualify for the largest continental competition in Africa.
“The task will be more complicated than I expected. There is something that bothers me, but we have to continue the work we have started. It’s a start for all of us,” the coach said.
Halilhodzic said building a strong and competitive team takes “work, time and patience.”
Commenting on the Mauritania-Morocco game, the coach said: “I was not satisfied with the performance of the players.”
The coach said he has been trying to find the best possible solution and has tried different tactical schemes, noting that from next June, “We have to move up a gear and look for a typical team.”
“We are only at the beginning. We have a fairly interesting collective. With more determination and desire, especially away from home, we can go far. I remain optimistic anyway,” he concluded.
Adam Masina, a new face in the national football team, participated in the press conference.
Adam Masina, who also plays with Watford / England, said he was “proud” to play for the Atlas Lions, ensuring that the atmosphere within the group is “excellent.”
“We are preparing the match against Burundi as it should be. We are sure that the game will not be easy, but we must rectify the situation after our draw against Mauritania. We will fight to win it with art and style,” he promised.
The football player said Burundi will seek to qualify, but the team will play to “honor the national flag and sign a performance that is up to the task.”
Munir El Haddadi, who plays for Sevilla, also expressed pride to be part of the national team.
He said the Atlas Lions did not play a good match against Mauritania, noting that on Tuesday, “we will perform on an impeccable lawn and we can’t wait to sign a great performance.”