October 7, 2022

Following the World Cup, Morocco parted ways with Coach Vahid Halilhodzic

Following the World Cup, Morocco parted ways with Coach Vahid Halilhodzic

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The Moroccan Football Federation announced on Thursday that they have parted ways with head coach Vahid Halilhodzic three months before the beginning of the finals in Qatar.

Morocco’s World Cup qualifying team has parted ways with head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, the country’s football association announced on Thursday. The tournament’s finals will be held in Qatar in three months. The fallout appears to have occurred as a result of how Halilhodzic dealt with two of his key players. Although he was able to qualify for the World Cup without Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui of Bayern Munich due to disciplinary issues, it appears that the federation wanted them back on the team. Ziyech plays for Chelsea, and Mazraoui plays for Bayern Munich.

According to a statement released by the Moroccan federation, “We came to an amicable arrangement to part ways due to divergences on preparations for the World Cup.”

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic

Ziyech and Mazraoui were not included in the squad that competed in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January and advanced to the quarterfinals. Additionally, Halilhodzic did not include either player in the World Cup qualifying play-off matches against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March.

Morocco will begin their World Cup campaign on November 20 in Qatar, where they will compete in Group F alongside Canada, Belgium, and Croatia.

Previous teams that Halilhodzic was a member of that made it to the World Cup finals include Ivory Coast and Japan.

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