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The misfortunes of “Lonely Coach” continue. Despite Morocco’s qualification for the World Cup in Qatar, French-Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic was dismissed on Thursday (August 11th). This is the third time in his career that the coach has suffered this kind of disdain, after Côte d’Ivoire and Japan.
In a press release, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) mentioned the separation “my love” because of “Different views (…) about the proper preparation of the Atlas Lions” The World Cup in Qatar in three months. Vahid Halilhodzic, who succeeded Frenchman Herve Renard in August 2019, was under contract until 2024, earning a monthly salary of 80,000 euros, excluding bonuses and benefits.
The former coach of the Atlas Lions is now paying, in part, the gentle management of some of the international players highly prized by the Moroccan public, including defender Nassir Mazraoui, who was recently transferred from Ajax Amsterdam to Bayern Munich, and attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea, England) .
The first, who was expelled from the national team for disciplinary reasons since June 2021, met Vahid Halilhodzic in Amsterdam in May, and the coach called him up for international matches in June. The second, who was also at odds with the coach for more than a year, refused several times to return to play with the Atlas Lions, as long as he was led by the Bosnian Frenchman.
Thus, the two players did not want to take part in the two 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March (1-1, 4-1), when they were previously selected.
The director’s departure has been under discussion for several months, although he did a good job on top of the selection. Since his arrival in August 2019, Halilhodzic has rejuvenated the CEOs, with brothers Ryan and Sami Mami, Sofiane Amrabat, Salim Amal Allah or Ezzedine Unahi, qualifying his team for Qatar. But in the CAN Africa Cup of Nations, at the beginning of the year, the elimination in the quarter-finals against Egypt (2-1b) was bad.
“This poor performance is also one of the reasons why Al Ittihad decided to break up with him. It is not only Ziyech’s case. The very complex relations between Halilhodzic and the Moroccan press, his management and his work, which may displease some people, were undoubtedly their weight in Lekja’s choice to abandon him, even if it was The president always defended him.explains an internal source for the instance.
The name of his successor should be known within a week, according to information from world africa. Moroccan candidate Walid El-Rakerji (46 caps and 45 caps), won the African Champions League and the National Championship in 2021-2022 with Wydad Casablanca, before resigning in July less than a year after his appointment.
Once again, the former Lille and PSG boss should go in the middle of Ford, very close to the World Cup finals. A frustration already experienced at the head of both the Ivorian and Japanese selection. For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he had qualified for Didier Drogba, but was sent off a few months before the competition, pushing a CAN quarter-final elimination against Algeria (3-2 August).
“I was treated like shit”
“It wasn’t disrespect, it’s much worse than that, it’s really disgusting, I’ve experienced it so badly”Vahid Halilhodzic told AFP ahead of the 2012 edition of the African Cup of Nations. I have been faxed, not even received by the president, not even by the secretary to explain myself. Then I was told: ‘You didn’t win the World Cup, it’s over,’ with harsh words, without any class., he completed. Eight years into this season, he qualified the Japanese national team but was sent off again, just over two months before the World Cup in Russia. “Treated like shit, thrown in the trash”strangle the coach. “The method used in my elimination is a complete disrespect for everything I gave to Japanese football.” His stern management, his fragile tone offended the Samurai Blue a lot and she ended up getting tired.
Halilhodzic is a victim of his reputation and stubbornness. “We always highlight my personality and my discipline, especially in the media, and never talk about me as a technician or as a tactician, yet I am strong in tactical choices. (…) It may be my fault, I don’t always know how to use communication, I don’t know how make terms, he finished. But four teams qualifying for the World Cup is not just about discipline. »
Finally, at the age of 69, the coach had only led the World Cup at the head of a select group: it was in 2014 with Algeria. A wonderful adventure that ended in the round of 16 with a wonderful match against Germany (2-1 am), the future world champion. Waheed ended in tears this time it was unanimous.