Walid Azaro included in Morocco squad among shirt tear controversy

Walid Azaro included in Morocco squad among shirt tear controversy
Herve Renard

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 07, 2018. 16:30

Morocco head coach Herve Renard has called up Al Ahly forward Walid Azaro for the country's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon next weekend.

The 23-year-old made headlines this week after he was suspended for two games by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Red Devils 3-1 win over Esperance de Tunis.

Azaro was filmed tearing his own shirt in an attempt to convince the referee of awarding Al Ahly a penalty in their win over the Tunisian club. The reverse fixture will take place in Rades this coming Friday.

Renard has also recalled Juventus centre-back Mehdi Benatia after he missed the last two qualifiers while Ajax Amsterdam's Hakim Ziyech also makes a return, after missing back-to-back games against Comoros with injury.

The Atlas Lions face Cameroon in Casablanca on November 16 before taking on Tunisia in a friendly match four days later.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Munir El-Kajoui (Malaga, Spain), Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain) Ahmed Reda (Wydad Casablanca)

Defenders: Medhi Benatia (Juventus. Italy), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Manuel da Costa (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax, Netherlands), Oualid El Hajjam (Amiens, France), Achraf Dari (Wydad Casablanca)

Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax, Netherlands), Mbark Boussoufa (no club), Karim El Ahmadi (Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray, Turkey), Nordin Amrabat (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Faycal Fajr (Caen, France), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Monaco, France), Abdelilah Hafidi 30 (Raja Casablanca), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo, Spain), Amine Harit (Schalke 04, Germany)

Forwards: Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Khalid Boutaib (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes, Spain), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hebei China Fortune, China), Walid Azaro (Al Ahly, Egypt)

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