Wednesday Sep 11, 2019. 13:00
New Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic pulled no punches on Wednesday as he made a damning assessment of his team’s performance in their first two games under his charge over the last week.
“It’s a difficult time for Moroccan football, everyone is unhappy and that’s normal,” he said in the wake of the team’s unexpectedly early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in mid-year and the subsequent departure of Herve Renard.
“We must think carefully and build a competitive group that can bring results.
“The goal is the World Cup. Today, this Morocco team has no chance of qualifying for the World Cup, I can tell you that,” Halilhodzic said with some candour.
“Everyone must accept this truth even if it hurts a lot. We will try to change that, but it will not overnight.”
Morocco, with many of their key players pulling out through injury, struggled to draw 1-1 with Burkina Faso in a friendly in Marrakech on Friday and then edged Niger 1-0 on Tuesday.
Halilhodzic warned that he would ring the changes to the squad next month.