Competition will be tough to secure a spot on Regragui’s list

“Competition will be tough” between players to ensure their place in the final list of the Atlas Lions participating in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, estimated national technical executives.

If the national coach Walid Regragui has maintained the backbone of the national team, the list made public on Monday is marked by the return to the lair of Hakim Ziyech, Younes Belhanda, Badr Benoun and Abdessamad Zelzouli, in addition to the summons, for the first time, of the striker of the Italian club of Bari (Serie B), Walid Cheddira. It also includes five players playing at the Botola Pro D1 and representing the clubs of Wydad and Raja de Casablanca in addition to Renaissance Berkane.

In this context, the technical framework Abdelghani El Otmani indicated that the preliminary list of the national team has undergone several modifications, but it includes the main pillars, such as Yassine Bounou, Roman Sais, Achraf Hakimi, Soufian Boufal, Soufian Amrabat, Amin Harith, Ayoub Al Kaabi and Azzedine Onahi, while other players have not been called up, like Ayman Barkok and Sofian Chakla.

He noted the return of some players, in particular Hakim Ziyech, Younes Belhanda and Badr Benoun, in addition to talented players playing in Botola, noting that competition will be tough between players to secure their place in the final list.

For his part, coach Redouan El Haimer notes that Walid Regragui has rehabilitated the national championship, calling on several players from the Wydad and Raja Casablanca and RS Berkane teams, who have had a good run in the competitions of the African Champions League and Confederation Cup.

He added that the list was marked by the return of some players who had problems with the former coach, including Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda, noting that Regragui came to restore confidence in the national team by creating complementarity and the agreement.

The technician Yousef Mrini for his part underlined that the new national coach has maintained the pillars of the national selection and has called on Ziyech and Belhanda, as well as Walid Chdira and Abdelhamid Sabiri.

He pointed out that the public wonders about the absence of Abderrazak Hamdallah from this list, believing that the Saudi league striker is likely to bring more to the national team.

The new national coach, Walid Regragui indicated Monday at a press conference that he has drawn up a list of 31 players to be able to observe the maximum number of elements before the World Cup in order to be able to judge their level and determine who deserves to defend the national colors.

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