Morocco will be without Hakim Ziyech during Afcon

Morocco will be without Hakim Ziyech during Afcon

Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has left Chelsea player Hakim Ziyech out of Morocco’s team for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon. Morocco will be without Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech during the Afcon.

Halihodzic announced the 25-man team during a news conference on Thursday, 23rd December 2021.

A breakdown in Ziyehch’s relationship with Halilhodzic is thought to be the reason for his omission from the AFCON 2021 list.

Ziyech had earlier enraged Halilhodzic by refusing to play in a game against the Black Stars of Ghana, claiming he was injured despite the medical team’s approval.

He has also been accused of arriving late and bluntly refusing to practice with Morocco, and as a result of these concerns, he has been left out of the AFCON squad.

Back in September, Ziyech was left out of the international squad, and he responded by posting a laughing emoji on his Instagram story. He has been a phenomenal player for the European Champion League champions since joining the Europen giants in football.

Hakimi Achraf, Bounou, Ayoub El Kaabi, and En-Nesyri have all been selected for the continental competition, which will take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

Morocco will face Ghana’s Black Stars in the first game of Group C at Yaounde on January 10, 2021.

Ziyech has appeared in ten Premier League games for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal and assisting on two occasions.

The Moroccan 23-man squad

Goalkeepers

Y. Bounou, M. El Kajoui, A. Zniti

Defenders

G. Saiss, N. Aguerd, S. Chakla, S. Mmaee, A. Hakimi, S. Alakouch, S. El Karouani, A. Masina

Midfielders

S. Amrabat, A. Barkok, F. Fajr, I. Louza, I. Chair, S. Amallah, A. Ounahi

Forwards

A. Ezzalzouli, M. El Haddadi, Z. Aboukhlal, Y. En-Nesyri, A. El Kaabi, S. Boufal, R. Mmaee

Coach

Vahid Halilhodzic

 

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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