By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Moroccan youth player, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, has turned down calls to represent Morocco during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon early next year.
According to Spanish news organ, Marca, the 20-year-old forward has chosen to feature for Spain at the senior level.
The youngster, sent a letter to the Moroccan Football Federation late this week, informing the FA of his decision to play for Spain over Morocco.
Ez Abde represented Morocco at the youth level. He played for the country during the 2020 Arab U20 World Cup where he netted 2 goals in 5 games.
The news of his U-turn comes as a big surprise to many especially to the Moroccan FA, the Head Coach of the Moroccan team, Bosnian born Valid Halilhodzic having recently confirmed the teenager’s high desires to represent the North Africans in the forthcoming AFCON soccer showpiece.
Abdessamad Ezzalzouli fondly referred to as Ez Abde, was born in Morocco in the locality of Beni Mellal in the North Central part of the country.
The winger left Morocco aged 7 years old and relocated in Spain with his family. He played in several youth outfits in Spain including football academy, Kelme before moving to Barcelona in August this year where he featured for Barcelona B before going ahead to bag 8 appearances for the Catalans based outfit in the ongoing 2021/2022 season.
The absence of the 20-year-old who was included as one of seven attackers in Morocco’s final 25-man AFCON 2021 team, is expected to hugely affect the North Africans’ title hopes.
These, despite the team’s late move of including three more squad members to the initial list including 2020 CHAN top scorer, Sofiane Rahimi of Al Ain and Al Ahly centre back Badr Benoun as well as Mohammed Al-Shabiti of AS FAR in the Moroccan top flight football championship.
Morocco which has been in camp since Tuesday December 28, 2021 in preparations for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, will compete in Group C of the tournament alongside four time winners, Ghana, Gabon and Comoros Islands at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
The Moroccans will be in Cameroon in search of their second AFCON crown and their first in over four decades following their 1976 successful campaign.
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