The misfortunes of « Coach Vahid », new episode. Thanked Thursday by Morocco, which he nevertheless qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, Vahid Halilhodzic suffered this kind of snub for the third time in his career, after Côte d’Ivoire and Japan.
In a statement, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) spoke of an « amicable » separation due to « divergence of points of view (…) about the appropriate preparation of the Atlas Lions » for the World Cup in Qatar in three months.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the Franco-Bosnian technician « have agreed to separate amicably » due « differences of views on the appropriate preparation of the Atlas Lions for the final phase of the 22nd edition of the Qatar 2022 World Cup »the federation said in a statement.
Morocco, poured into group F, will face Croatia, Belgium and Canada.
The doors of the national team are open to all Moroccan players, regardless of disputes
Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Moroccan Football Federation
The coach’s intransigence on the Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui cases was fatal to him. True to his principles, the Franco-Bosnian coach, who only wants players « who give 100% for the national team »did not want to take over the attacking midfielder from Chelsea or the full-back from Ajax Amsterdam, who had in the past declined selection.
The insistence of the President of the Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, repeating that « the doors of the national team are open to all Moroccan players, regardless of differences »announced the fate of Vahid.
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However, he did a good job at the head of the « Lions of the Atlas ». Since his arrival in August 2019, Halilhodzic has rejuvenated the executives, with brothers Ryan (24) and Samy (25) Mmaee, Sofyan Amrabat (25), Selim Amallah (25) or Azzedine Ounahi (22) and qualified his team for Qatar. But at the African Cup of Nations, at the start of the year, the elimination in the quarter-finals against Egypt (2-1 ap) went badly.
I was sent a fax, I was not even received by the president, not even by the secretary to explain myself. Then I was told: + You didn’t win the CAN, it’s over, with cruel words, without any class
Vahid Halilhodzic, former Ivory Coast coach until 2010
FRMF « thanks Mr. Halilhodzic for the work accomplished during his mission at the head of the National Team, mainly the qualification for the next World Cup »continues the press release which puts an end to months of speculation on the departure of Vahid.
This last « wishes the National Eleven every success in the future »according to the same source.
Once again, the former coach of Lille and Paris Saint-Germain must go in the middle of the ford, very close to a World Cup. A frustration he has already experienced both at the head of Côte d’Ivoire and Japan.
« I was treated like shit »
For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he qualifies the Ivory Coast of Didier Drogba but is thanked a few months before the competition, paying the elimination in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations against Algeria (3-2 a.m.).
« It wasn’t disrespect, it’s much worse than that, it’s really disgusting, I experienced it very badly »he told AFP this year before the 2022 edition of the CAN.
« I was sent a fax, I was not even received by the president, not even by the secretary to explain to me. Then I was told: + You did not win the CAN, it is finished, with cruel words, without any class »he continued.
Eight years after this dismissal, he qualifies the Japanese team but is again dismissed, just over two months before the World Cup in Russia.
qualifying four teams for the World Cup is not just about discipline.
Vahid Halilodzic, former Morocco coach
« I was treated like shit, I was thrown in the trash »choked Vahid. « The method used to dismiss me is a complete disrespect for everything I have given to Japanese football. »
His hard management, his brittle tone had offended some « Blue Samurai » too much and ended up getting tired.
And now Morocco, where he had discovered Africa in Casablanca, winning the Champions League with Raja in 1997, did the same to him…
« I don’t know how to make a jargon »
Halilhodzic is a victim of his reputation and his intransigence, he who regrets not being recognized enough for a fine tactician and a hard worker, able to watch hours of matches of his opponents to prepare his plans.
« When I returned to Nantes (2018-2019), the questions were always about the character + Vahid +, we were never interested in my ideas on football »he regretted to AFP.
« We always highlight my character, discipline, especially in the media, we never talk about me as a technician, as a tactician, yet I am strong on tactical choices »he continued.
« It may be my fault, I don’t always know how to use communication, I don’t know how to do waffle, he concluded. But qualifying four teams for the World Cup is not only with discipline. »
In the end, at 69, he only led a World Cup at the head of a selection: it was in 2014 with Algeria, a great adventure ended in the round of 16 in a formidable match against Algeria. Germany (2-1 ap), future world champion. Vahid had ended in tears, this time it had been unanimous.