Atlas Lions chase Halilhodzic out of the den

Atlas Lions chase Halilhodzic out of the den
Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

by Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 12, 2022. 16:00

The Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has announced the departure of Vahid Halilhodzic as national team head coach just three months before their World Cup campaign in Qatar.

The Bosnian tactician had guided the Atlas Lions to the global showpiece after beating DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate in the playoffs in March.

However, his tenure was fraught with controversy due to a highly-publicised fallout with star player Hakim Ziyech, who announced his retirement from international football in March after being frozen out of the squad.

Halilhodzic’s future hung under a cloud following the declaration from FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaa that Ziyech would be included in the squad for the World Cup.

The 69-year-old has subsequently been relieved of his duties after three years at the helm, with the FRMF claiming they have gone their separate ways over disagreements on Morocco’s preparations for Qatar 2022.

“The two parties have agreed to part ways amicably,” read a statement from Moroccan football’s governing body.

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