By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
The Head Coach of Morocco’s senior men’s national football team has released the outfit’s final list of players to represent the country during the forthcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
The list made public by Coach Valid Halilhodzic on Thursday December 23, includes 2018 and 2020 African Nations Championship stars, goalkeeper Anas Zniti and forward Ayoub El Kaabi.
The stars who both helped Morocco win back-to-back CHAN titles stand out as some of the biggest names in the 25 players selected by the Bosnian tactician for the forthcoming football showpiece.
The most prominent name absent from the list is Chelsea attacking midfielder, Hakim Ziyech who has had turbulent times at Chelsea compounded by repeated injuries suffered by the former Ajax striker.
The 25 man squad released by Coach Valid includes three goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 7 midfielders and 7 attackers.
Raja Casablanca goalkeeper Anas Zniti will be partnering at the goalkeeping compartment with the likes of Yassine Bounou of Spanish giants, Sevilla.
France based Paris Saint Germaine defender Achraf Hakimi and Eintracht Frankfurt star Aymen Barkok will be looked up to, to lead the defensive and midfield areas of the team.
Hatayspor forward, Ayoub El Kaabi and Sevilla pair of En- Nesyri and Mounir El Haddadi will be expected to call the shots at the attack alongside SCO Angers forward, Soufiane Boufal.
These, as Morocco who are lodged in Group C of the 2021 AFCON alongside 4 time holders Ghana, Gabon and Comoros Islands at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, bid for the Atlas Lions’ second crown in the now 24-nation competition since their 1976 glorious run.
Monir El Kajoui
Souffian El Karouani
Mounir El Haddadi
Ayoub El Kaabi
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