M’bark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi to retire after Russia 2018

M’bark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi to retire after Russia 2018
Mbark Boussoufa of Morocco awarded Toal man of the match during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 09, 2018. 11:00

Moroccan midfielders M’bark Boussoufa and Karim El Ahmadi are set to retire from the national team following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This is according to Moroccan daily Al Akhbar, which reports that the players, both aged 33, will focus on their club careers after the tournament in June and July.

The pair are two of the most experienced players in the Atlas Lions squad, as they share over 100 caps between them. Boussoufa is also the vice-captain to skipper Medhi Benatia.

Boussoufa, who plays his club football with Al Jazira in the UAE, made his Atlas Lions debut in May 2006 against USA.

El Ahmadi is in his second spell at Dutch giants Feyenoord and is the only remaining survivor of the Moroccan U-20 team which reached the final four of the 2005 World Cup.

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