Wednesday Aug 14, 2019. 14:00
Experienced coach Vahid Halilhodzic has emerged as the favourite to take the reins of Morocco after French World Cup winner Laurent Blanc dropped out of the running on Tuesday.
Halilhodzic has extensive coaching experience in north Africa, most notably with Algeria and, and recently left French Ligue 1 side Nantes.
He has been in talks with the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and according to reports in that country, these are now at an advanced stage.
Blanc, who lifted the World Cup with France in 1998, was also in the running and met FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaa to discuss the role.
But reports on Tuesday say Blanc, who also coached the French national team, has ruled himself out of the running, leaving the path seemingly clear for Halilhodzic.
The Moroccan job is one of the most prized on the African continent and was most recently held by Herve Renard, who took the side to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
But a shock quarterfinal exit at the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt at the hands of Benin saw him resign and later take over as coach of Saudi Arabia.