Chelsea has been handed a major boost after their attacking midfielder, Hakim Ziyech, was left out of Morocco’s squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in January.
Ziyech missed all six of his country’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers this year and has not played for the Atlas Lions since a friendly against Burkina Faso in July.
Morocco manager, Vahid Halilhodozic, however, included Paris Saint-Germain’s Achraf Hakimi, QPR’s Ilias Chair, Wolves’s Romain Saiss, Watford duo Adam Masina and Imran Louza in the squad.
Morocco is in Group C of the 2021 AFCON alongside Ghana, Comoros and Gabon.
The 2021 AFCON will begin on 9th January and end on 6 February in Cameroon.
Below is Morocco’s AFCON squad:
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla, Spain), Monir El Kajoui, (Hatayspor, Turkey), Anas Zniti (Raja Casablanca, Morocco).
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Sofiane Alakouch (Metz, France), Souffian El Karouani (NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands), Adam Masina (Watford, England), Sofian Chakla (OH Leuven, Belgium), Samy Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Romain Saiss (Wolves, England), Nayef Aguerd (Rennes, France).
Midfielders: Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina, Italy), Faycal Fajr (Sivaspor, Turkey), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers, France), Ilias Chair (QPR, England), Imran Louza (Watford, England), Selim Amallah (Standard Liege, Belgium).
Forwards: Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla, Spain), Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Barcelona, Spain), Sofiane Boufal (Angers, France), Ryan Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla, Spain), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hatayspor, Turkey).
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