Morocco: Regragui’s clear message to dual nationals! – Football
During an interview with L’Equipe newspaper on Friday, Morocco coach Walid Regragui expressed his great ambitions with the Atlas Lions. To achieve great things, the coach relies increasingly on binational reinforcements. But not just any condition.
Walid Regragui and Morocco impressed the world in Qatar.
By finishing fourth at the 2022 World Cup, having beaten Belgium, Spain or Portugal, Morocco made a good impression and bluffed their world in Qatar. A successful competition during which the Atlas Lions demonstrated impressive collective strength, but also great offensive talent.
Coach Walid Regragui knows this perfectly. And to continue to make his team shine, the 47-year-old manager intends to exploit all of Morocco’s wealth by using a rich pool of talent from other countries such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain or even Italy.
Regragui warns citizens with dual nationality
The Morocco coach therefore seems motivated by the idea of attracting as many binational players – future Sofiane Boufal or Hakim Ziyech – as possible in the future. Provided that the latter opt for the Moroccan selection by choice and not by interest. In the columns of L’Equipe newspaper this Friday, the native of Corbeil-Essonnes sent a clear message to potential candidates for the Atlas Lions.My politics are clear, it’s the choice of the heart that counts, not a single project. So it’s important to position yourself early. 15 years is young but then when you’re a professional you impose yourself, you know. (…) Anyone who plays on ambiguity will benefit neither France nor Morocco. (…) Those who come out out of spite will not respect the selection too much, assured Regragui, who had as many as 15 dual nationals on his list in Qatar. Before using a concrete example to illustrate his expectations: that of the Genk talent, Bilal El-Khannouss.
If you choose Morocco, go through the process like Hakimi, Ziyech, go to youth selection. El-Khannouss, for example, had the possibility of making the World Cup with Belgium. I told him: “You’ll go to Under 23 and we’ll see after the Serie A World Cup”. He accepted. So it was the choice of the heart. happens, he made the World Cup. No one can blackmail me, we don’t play with the love of the shirt. And if you choose Morocco, I don’t guarantee anything. Only to belong to an ambitious selection with the best players. And who has a lot of things to be successful in the futureadded the Moroccan coach.
Great ambitions for Morocco
You will understand, Regragui knows what he wants for his selection. It must be said that he wishes to give himself the means to realize his ambitions for the years to come by attracting as many talented people as possible. Because the former right-back sets very high goals with the semi-finalist team of the last World Cup. The goal is to win the CAN in Ivory Coast (January – February 2024). We must set high goals. We were a team that settled too soon for a round of 16explained the Atlas Lions coach.
You need results. I come to win, otherwise I’ll leave room for something else, I have to set an example. And the next coach will know that there are ambitious goals. You must bring the winning DNA to this selection, still claimed the former Grenoble. As much in the management of binational talents as in the reflection on his own personal future, Regragui is therefore overflowing with requests.
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