In Morocco, National team fans are eager to know who will be the new players to join the Atlas Lions. 26th of August, date of publication of the list of coach Vahid Halilhodzic, is under anticipation. The coach is expected to bring more blood into his squad for the qualifiers for the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Two matches await the Atlas Lions in September. The teammates of Achraf Hakimi will first face Sudan on September 2, then Guinea on September 6. If some places are acquired on the list, we expect to see new faces to appear. But who? The press of the Cherifian Kingdom asks the question with acuity in its issue of Thursday, August 18.
According to the daily Al Massae, the national coach is still "groping" with his squad and "intends to do more tests for these next two games". The media reports that Vahid Halilhodzic should call up a Belgian-Moroccan player who plays in the first division of the Azerbaijani championship. It is Saber Bougrine. The 25 year old, the probable future recruit of the Bosnian coach plays in the midfield. The media specifies that the latter has already worn the shirt of the U23 national team.
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Al Massae also claims that Vahid Halilhodzic is impressed by Saber Bougrine's statistics with his club. However, the daily newspaper does not seem too excited by this news. According to the tabloid, the 54-year-old prefers to call up players from less competitive leagues such as Slovakia and Hungary rather than the Botola.
Other names are also being mentioned with insistence in this future list. Like that of Sofiane Diop. His mother being Moroccan, the young prodigy of Monaco would have accepted to wear the colors of Morocco, reports Al Massae. Youssef El Maleh, a player from Fiorentina in Italy, is also said to be on the list to be announced next week.