Morocco head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has explained why Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was left out of the national team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Halilhodzic named his squad for the Group I qualifiers against Sudan in Rabat on Thursday and Guinea next Monday and Ziyech was the surprise omission, and the coach has now cleared the air.
“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 a positive role model,” said Halilhodzic.
“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.
“For the first time in my coaching career, I have seen behaviour that disappoints me. A player who refuses to play a game, admittedly a friendly, on the pretext that he is injured,” added the Ex-Paris St Germain (PSG) coach.
On top of a poor attitude in June when called-up for home friendlies against Ghana and Burkina Faso, Halilhodzic added that Ziyech refused to play the first game against the ‘Black Stars’ maintaining that he was injured.
“The medical staff made several examinations and said he could play. He then refused to warm up in the second half because he was disappointed to be a substitute.
“For me, that type of behaviour is unacceptable. You can’t cheat with the national team. You are 100% there or you are not,” concluded Halilhodzic.
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By FARPost Reporter