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Morocco coach, Vahid Halilhodzic reveals reasons Hakim Ziyech was left out in his squad

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Morocco coach, Vahid Halilhodzic reveals reasons Hakim Ziyech was left out in his squad

Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has sensationally been left out of Morocco’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The playmaker is his country’s most talented player but will not be involved in the tournament after a complete breakdown in his relationship with coach Vahid Halilhodzic

Ziyech previously infuriated Halilhodzic by refusing to play in a game against Ghana, saying he was injured despite the medical team passing him as fit to take part.

He is also accused of turning up late and flatly objecting to calls to train with Morocco and those trust issues have seen him omitted from the AFCON squad.

The competition kicks off on January 9 and Morocco announced their squad on social media on Thursday.

Ziyech was previously left out of the international squad back in September and reacted by posting a laughter emoji on his Instagram story.

The manager told the New Arab at the time: ‘His behaviour in the last two matches, especially the last one, was not that of a national team player who as a leader in the team has to be positive role model.

‘He arrived late and after that he even refused to work. There was no point in discussing it afterwards, as a coach the answer is right there to see.

‘For me, the national team is above everything, nobody can hold it hostage.’

On a separate occasion, he said: ‘For the first time in my coaching career, I saw a national team player who doesn’t want to train and claims to be injured, although tests have shown he can play.

‘I won’t tolerate it. Not this behaviour as long as I coach Morocco.’

Ziyech responded on Instagram, saying: ‘Next time when you speak SPEAK THE TRUTH THEN…!’

 

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