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Chelsea Star Hakim Ziyech Left Out of Morocco Squad for Cup of Nations

Hakim Ziyech was the notable absentee as Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named his squad for subsequent month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

The Chelsea winger had a fallout with the coach earlier this 12 months and was neglected for the six World Cup qualifiers performed between September and November, making his omission no shock though the Dutch-born Ziyech is seen as Morocco’s key participant.

Halilhodzic additionally not noted the Ajax Amsterdam full again Noussair Mazraoui, who he additionally accused in mid-year of feigning damage to get out of enjoying in a pleasant, an accusation Mazraoui has since denied.

The veteran coach sprung a shock by naming Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, who has damaged into Barcelona’s staff, and attacking midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who has been one of many gamers key to Angers’ vivid begin to the Ligue 1 season in France. Both are uncapped.

Morocco, who shall be one of many pre-tournament favourites, compete in Group C with Comoros Islands, Gabon and Ghana on the finals, which get underway on Jan. 9.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla), Munir (Hatayspor), Anas Zniti (Raja Casablanca)

Defenders: Nayef Aguerd (Stade Rennes), Sofiane Alakouch (Metz), Sofian Chakla (OH Leuven), Souffian El Karouani (NEC Nijmegen), Achraf Hakimi (Paris St Germain), Adam Masina (Watford), Samy Mmaee (Ferencvaros), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Midfielders: Selim Amallah (Standard Liege), Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina), Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers), Faycal Fajr (Sivasspor), Imran Louza (Watford), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers)

Forwards: Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar), Sofiane Boufal (Angers), Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hatayspor), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla), Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Barcelona), Ryan Mmaee (Ferencvaros)

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