Sunday Aug 14, 2022. 11:00
Former Atlas Lions captain Abdeslam Ouaddou has slammed the decision of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) to sack coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
On Thursday, the FRMF confirmed that they have dismissed the Bosnian from his post – despite the veteran tactician securing World Cup qualification.
Halilhodzic was ostensibly sacked due to his falling out with key players such as Hakim Ziyech.
Ouaddou, who collected over 50 caps for the Lions between 2000 and 2009, argues that the FRMF have broken contract with the Bosnian and dirtied the image of Moroccan football.
“I think it’s a disrespectful decision in terms of labour law, not respecting the clauses of Vahid Halilhodzix, or even the texts of FIFA, since this gentleman has achieved his objectives,” Ouaddou is quoted by Africa Foot United.
“[It was] a populist decision taken thanks to a manipulation of public opinion. It is not good for the values of sport or for the image of my country.”
Ouaddou’s former teammate, Walid Regraui, is expected to take charge of the national team and the former skipper wished his friend well, but would have rather seen him take the reins under better circumstances.
“I would have preferred my ex-teammate and friend to arrive under different conditions. I wish him a lot of success and a lot of courage.”
Morocco are set to face Croatia, Belgium and Canada at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November and December.