By Afeseh Apong
The head coach of the Atlas Lions of Morocco Vahid Halilhodžić, has reiterate that no player is above the national team.
The Bosnian tactician came under heavy criticism recently, for leaving Chelsea’s fleet footed forward Hakim Ziyech out of Morocco’s AFCON squad.
The 28_year_old has not featured for the Atlas Lions since July, missing out all of their six world cup qualifying matches, with reports of a fallout between the player and Halilhodžić.
According to the Daily Mail, Halilhodzic had previously accused the Chelsea star of ‘holding the team hostage’ by ‘showing up late and refusing to train’.
After Morocco’s one nil win over Ghana, questions were asked by the press about the decision to leave out Ziyech.
“Someone who doesn’t respect the national team, the national team does not belong to one player, it belongs to all Moroccans. You have to live in Morocco to see how attached they’re to their national team, Halilhodžić said after their game against the black stars of Ghana.
“You don’t have to joke with the jersey of the national team. It is not a matter of one player, it is that attachment, feeling proud to honor the national team jersey.
“Behind that national team jersey, we have 35 million Moroccans. Someone who doesn’t respect it, no matter who he is, I will not call him. I do that everywhere I go, the Bosnian added.
“He should not say that he choose Morocco, no it is Morocco that choose him. It is sad, because in Morocco we have guys with lots of talents and we have to put it in context for the National team. Nobody is above the national team, not when am the head coach.
The Daily Mail reported late last year that Ziyech previously infuriated Halilhodzic by refusing to play in a game against Ghana, saying he was injured despite the medical team passing him as fit to take part.
Ziyech was previously left out of the international squad back in September and reacted by posting a laughter emoji on his Instagram story.
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