Friday Aug 16, 2019. 09:27
Morocco have unveiled Vahid Halilhodzic as their new coach, setting him a stiff mandate for success over the next three years.
AfricanFootball.com reported on Wednesday that the Franco-Bosnian coach was the lead candidate for the job after Laurent Blanc dropped out of the race and his tenure was officially confirmed on Thursday.
According to Moroccan Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa, the former Yugoslavia international forward will receive a monthly salary of 80,000 Euros, but will also have strict performance-based clauses in his contract.
These include reaching the semifinals at least of the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, qualifying Morocco for the Qatar World Cup the year after and winning the Cup of Nations in 2023.
“Failure to achieve any of these target will automatically result in termination of the contract,” said Lekjaa.
Halilhodzic has enjoyed success on the African continent before, leading Algeria to the second round of the World Cup in 2014 and qualified the Ivory Coast for the 2010 global showpiece.
“It is a big responsibility to coach Morocco, a challenge and an honour,” the 67-year-old told reporters.
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.
Morocco start their 2021 Nations Cup qualification bid at home to Mauritania in mid-November. They also have Burundi and Central African Republic in their pool.