Chelsea forward, Hakim Ziyech said he’s not interested in playing for the Moroccan national team.
The President of Morocco Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa earlier today confirmed the return of Hakim Ziyech and Ajax FC right back, Noussair Mazraoui to the Moroccan national team.
Both players fell out with the Bosnian manager and weren’t part of the Moroccan squad that participated at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Cameroon.
The 28-year-old forward released a statement on his Instagram story immediately after Chelsea’s win against Newcastle today. Explaining why he won’t be part of the team.
“I love my country and playing for the Moroccan national football team has been the honour of my lifetime, so it is with great sadness that I must announce that although the FRMF President today confirmed that I will be pre-selected for the team, I won’t be returning to play for Morocco.
“I’m sorry to disappoint the fans, this was not an easy decision to make, but sadly I feel I have no other choice.
“Despite giving my all to the team over the past 6 years and supporting them my entire life, the leadership continue to release misinformation about me and my commitment to my country.
“Their actions have made it impossible for me to continue to be part of the team. I learned the news about the pre-selection at the same time as everyone else, so I’m releasing this statement to ensure that you hear the truth directly trom me.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, I wish the team nothing but the best for the future. My focus as a player is at my club Chelsea FC, he concluded.
Despite Morocco’s dramatic AFCON exit, Halilhodzic still maintains his job as the coach of the ‘Atlas Lions’, some fans criticized the Moroccan federation for failing to sack the Bosnian coach.
Morocco travel to DR Congo for the first leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Martyrs Stadium, Kinshasa, Congo’s capital in March, and then host DR Congo at the Casablanca’s Mohammed V Stadium.