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By The Atlas Lions, Mar 20 2019 02:36PM

1.Munir Kajoui (FC Malaga/ESP).

2. Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca).

3.Fouad Chafik (Dijon/FRA).

4. Walid El Hajjam (Amiens/FRA).

5. Badr Banoun (Raja Club Athletic).

6. Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims/FRA).

7. Abdelkrim Baadi (Hassania Union Sport Agadir).

8. Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar/Pays-Bas).

9. Abdelilah Hafidi (Raja Club Athletic).

10. Anuar Tuhami (Real Valladolid/ESP).

11. Soufyane Amrabat (club Bruges/BEL).

12. Walid El Karti (Wydad Casablanca).

13. Youssef Ait Bennaser (Sain Etienne/FRA).

14. Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo/ITA).

15.Ismael Haddad (Wydad Athletic Club).

16. Zakaria Hadraf (Raja Club Athletic).

17. Rachid Alioui (Nîmes/FRA).

18. Ayoub El Kaabi (Hebei China Fortune).

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 20 2019 01:01PM

(BBC) Football's world governing body Fifa has given Oussma Idrissi permission to switch international allegiance from the Netherlands to Morocco.

The former Dutch youth international, who plays for AZ Alkmaar, had announced his intention in February.

The Royal Morocco Football Federation (FRMF) says he was given approval for the move earlier this week.

FRMF received a letter from Fifa stating Idrissi is qualified to play for the Atlas Lions.

He had already linked up with Herve Renard's squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Malawi in Lilongwe on March 22.

They then play a friendly at home to Argentina on 26 March in Tangier.

Idrissi was included in Morocco's preliminary squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon and a friendly with Tunisia last November, but did not play.

The 23-year-old winger, who was born in the Netherlands and played for the country at various youth levels, is eligible for Morocco through his parents.

Renard had welcomed Idrissi's commitment to play for Morocco in February.

Speaking at that time, the player said it was a decision that respected both countries.

"I was born and raised here [in the Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. I am a footballer and I had to make the decision with my parents. I wanted to make the most of myself," he said.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:58PM

PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Mohammed Ihattaren is not ready to make a choice between Netherlands and Morocco.


The 17-year-old is now part of the PSV first team and that has started speculation over his international future.

Currently a part of Netherlands U19 side, Ihattaren has spoken with Ronald Koeman about his future in Oranje but is not yet ready to rule out a future with Morocco.

He told NOS about the talks with Koeman, “It was a conversation that left me feeling good.

“I am talking about it with my father, mother and brothers, but the final choice will come at a later time. I am now fully focused on PSV and now with the Oranje squad under 19 for the Elite Round games.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:08PM

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman revealed that he has spoken with Mohammed Ihattaren, who is also being courted by Morocco.


The 17-year-old has broken into the PSV Eindhoven first-team this season and is seen as one of Netherlands top talents. However, Morocco want the midfielder to pick the Atlas Lions over Oranje.

Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Koeman confirmed that he spoke with Ihattaren over his international future before Morocco did.

He said, “I was before Morocco. He was here with Oranje Under-19 in Zeist and then I spoke with him. We try to keep all the talents for the Oranje, but in the end it is the player’s choice. It keeps us busy. It is about him, but also about others. We showed Mohammed that we think he is a great talent. “

Ihattaren isn’t part of the Netherlands squad that will face Belarus and Germany over the next seven days, while Calvin Stengs is another youngster not selected. Koeman admitted he is interested in the AZ winger, “He is one of the players that we have deliberately followed recently,”

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