Ziyech headlines Morocco's provisional 2019 AFCON squad

Ziyech headlines Morocco's provisional 2019 AFCON squad
Hakim Ziyech (left) and Noussair Mazraoui

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 03, 2019. 16:00

Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has announced a 27-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

The tournament will be staged in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July.

The Morocco squad is headlined by Ajax Amsterdam duo Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mezraoui, while Borussia Dortmund left-back Achraf Hakim and Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia have also been included.

The Atlas Lions will be under the guidance of accomplished French coach Herve Renard, who will be looking to win his third AFCON title.

They are pooled alongside Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia in Group D.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga, Spain), Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Athletic Club), Abdelali Mhamdi (RS Berkane, Morocco)

Defenders: Marouane Da Costa (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Ghanem Saiss (Wolverhampton, England), Mehdi Benatia (Al-Duhail Sports, Qatar), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund, Germany), Abdelhamid Yunis (Stade de Reims, France), Noussair Mazroaui (Ajax, Netherlands), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbache, Turkey.

Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi Arroussi (Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Youssef Aït Bennasser (St Etienne, France), M’barek Boussoufa (Al-Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray, Turkey), Fayçal Fajr (Caen, France), Abdelkrim Baadi (Hassania of Agadir, Morocco, Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo, Italy), Amine Harit (Schalke 04, Germany)

Forwards: Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ayoub El Kaâbi (Hebei China Fortune FC, China), Khalid Boutaïb (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes , Spain), Soufiane Boufal (Celta Vigo, Spain), Osama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Abderazzak Hamddalh (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia).

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