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The misfortunes of “Coach Vahid” continue. Although he qualified the Moroccan team for the World Cup in Qatar, Franco-Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic was fired on Thursday (Aug 11). This is the third time in his career that the coach has suffered this type of slight, after the Ivory Coast and Japan.
In a press release, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) mentioned a separation “friendly” on account of “differing views (…) on the proper preparation of the Atlas Lions” for the World Cup in Qatar in three months. Vahid Halilhodzic, who succeeded Frenchman Hervé Renard in August 2019, had a contract until 2024 and received a monthly salary of 80,000 euros, without bonuses or benefits.
The now former coach of the Atlas Lions pays, in part, for the delicate management of certain internationals highly appreciated by the Moroccan public, including defender Noussair Mazraoui, recently loaned from Ajax Amsterdam to Bayern Munich, and attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea, England).
The first, dismissed from the national team for disciplinary reasons since June 2021, had met Vahid Halilhodzic in Amsterdam in May and the coach had called him up for international matches in June. The second, also at odds with the coach for more than a year, had repeatedly refused to return to play for the Atlas Lions, as long as they were led by the Franco-Bosnian.
The two players had thus not wanted to participate in the two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March (1-1, 4-1), when they had been pre-selected.
The departure of the coach had been under discussion for several months, although he did a good job leading the team. Since his arrival in August 2019, Halilhodzic has rejuvenated the executives, with brothers Ryan and Samy Mmaee, Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah or Azzedine Ounahi, and has qualified his team for Qatar. But in the African Cup of Nations (CAN), at the beginning of the year, the elimination in the quarterfinals against Egypt (2-1 ap) went poorly.
“This poor performance is also one of the reasons for the federation’s decision to part ways with him. It is not just Ziyech’s case. Halilhodzic’s very complicated relations with the Moroccan press, his management and his functioning, which may displease some, undoubtedly weighed on Lekjaa’s choice to separate from him, although the president has always defended him.explains an internal source of the instance.
The name of his successor should be known within a week, according to information from the world africa. The favorite is the Moroccan Walid Regargui (46, 45 caps), who won the African Champions League and the national championship in 2021-2022 with Wydad Casablanca, before resigning in July, less than a year after his appointment.
Once again, the former coach of Lille and Paris-Saint-Germain will have to leave in the middle of the ford, very close to a World Cup. A frustration that he has already experienced both at the head of the Ivorian and Japanese national teams. For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa he had qualified for Didier Drogba’s Elephants, but had been dismissed a few months before the competition, paying for elimination in the CAN quarterfinals against Algeria (3-2 ap).
“They treated me like shit”
“It was not disrespectful, it is much worse than that, it is really disgusting, I experienced it very badly”Vahid Halilhodzic told AFP before the 2012 edition of CAN. “They sent me a fax, not even the president received me, not even the secretary to explain me. Then they told me: “You didn’t win the CAN, it’s over”, with cruel words, without any class”, he continued. Eight years after this dismissal, he qualifies for the Japanese team but is dismissed again, just over two months before the World Cup in Russia. “They treated me like shit, they threw me in the trash”drowned the coach. “The method used to fire me is a complete lack of respect for everything I have given to Japanese football. » His harsh handling, his brittle tone had offended some “Blue Samurai” too much and ended up tiring him out.
Halilhodzic is a victim of his reputation and his intransigence. “We always highlight my character, discipline, especially in the media, we never talk about me as a coach, as a tactician, but I am strong in tactical choices. (…) It may be my fault, I don’t always know how to use communication, I don’t know how to make a jargon, he concluded. But qualifying four teams for the World Cup is not just about discipline. »
Finally, at 69 years old, the coach will only have led a World Cup in charge of a national team: it was in 2014 with Algeria. A great adventure that ended in the round of 16 with a great match against Germany (2-1 ap), future world champions. Vahid had ended in tears, this time it had been unanimous.
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