Since his arrival on the bench of the Moroccan selection in August 2019, the Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic has obtained more than convincing results with the Atlas Lions: only two small defeats on the counter in all competitions (against Gabon in a friendly in October 2019 and against the USA in a friendly in June 2022), Morocco’s best CAN run for 17 years (quarter-final at CAN 2021, elimination in overtime against Egypt) and qualification for the World 2022 at the expense of the Democratic Republic of Congo – a second rank participation in a World Cup after 2018. Yes, but the criticism from the other side of the Mediterranean has not stopped.
Indeed, despite the objective of the World Cup achieved, the Bosnian technician was not spared because of the team’s game but also and above all his situation with one of the stars of the Cherifian Kingdom: Hakim Ziyech, who had even announced his international retirement. And to respond to the call of the Moroccan people, who constantly ask to solve this problem, the president of the Federation Faouzi Lekjaa had promised to do everything so that Ziyech (and Mazraoui) can join the Morocco group during the FIFA Cup. Qatari world.
The Moroccan leader had not hesitated to negotiate with his coach as well as with the two players concerned to find common ground, six months before the world tournament. Because yes, as we informed you less than a month ago, the future of Coach Vahid was more uncertain than ever at the head of the Lions. Moreover, to calm the ardor of the Moroccan press, the federation had assured at the beginning of May “that no meeting has been held to date between the president of the FRMF and the National Coach who is still on leave abroad.” And if coach Vahid was able to make concessions and reconvene Mazraoui, he however came up against a Ziyech who did not wish to discuss with him. Faced with this heavy atmosphere, the Cherifian body ended up giving in and has just announced through a press release that it has separated from the former coach of Paris Saint-Germain and FC Nantes.
“Due to the differences of opinion between the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the coach of the National Team “A”, Mr. Vahid Halilhodzic regarding the appropriate preparation of the Atlas Lions for the final phase 22nd edition of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the two parties have agreed to part ways amicably. To this end, the FRMF thanks Mr. Halilhodzic for the work accomplished during his mission at the head of the National Team, mainly the qualification for the next World Cup thanks to a Selection with talented and promising young players. For his part, Mr. Vahid Halilhodzic wishes the National Eleven every success in the future. The FRMF recalls that it will mobilize all means to ensure the National Team a good preparation for the 2022 World Cup.can we read in particular. After Ivory Coast in 2010 then Japan in 2018, Vahid Halilhodzic is therefore fired from a selection a few months after having qualified for the World Cup.