The Morocco national football team is the first of the African teams to announce the squad of 23 football players who will go to the World Cup, the first for this country for 20 years. The list covers the following:
Goalkeepers: Munir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmed Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger).
Defenders: Medhi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton), Manuel Da Costa (Istanbul Basaksehir), Achraf Hakimi (Real), Badr Banoune (Raja Casablanca), Hamza Mendyl (Lille).
Midfielders: Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Standard), Karim El Ahmadi, Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Amine Harit (Schalke).
Forwards: Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Khalid Boutaib (Yeni Malatyaspor), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance de Berkane).
Most players called by the head coach Herve Renard are little known to general public. The Moroccans invest their main hopes in two creative midfielders Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda. Ziyech is the leader of Ajax (Amsterdam) who marked the past season with 18 key passes. Undoubtedly, scouts of the leading clubs will monitor Hakim`s performance on the tournament, and, highly likely, Ziyech will start the next season on the National Championship from the first five of the UEFA rating.
Belhanda has spent an excellent season in Turkish Galatasaray. His team, for the first time in recent years, seriously pretend to the victory in the National Championship, and Younes is one of leaders of this team.
Также обращаем Ваше внимание на наличие в составе защитника Ювентуса Медхи Бенатиа. Бенатия за два года стал одним из лидеров обороны туринской команды и сборной Марокко.