Morocco head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has accused Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech of undermining the national team while on international duty. Among other World Cup football results today, the head coach of Morocco dropped Ziyech for his unacceptable behaviour in June.
Ziyech was absent from Morocco’s World Cup qualifying squads against Sudan on Thursday and then against Guinea the following Monday.
The 28-year-old came off the bench in a 1-0 friendly win over Ghana three months ago. He then also started in a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.
But these are still rare sightings for a player of Ziyech’s calibre, and now, Halilhodzic has finally explained this absence.
The head coach of the Morocco national team revealed that he had to drop the former Ajax player.
Morocco Has Dropped Ziyech for His Unacceptable Behaviour
Morocco head coach Vahid Halilhodzic didn’t call up Hakim Ziyech this international summer because of his inappropriate behaviour last time.
“His behaviour in the last two matches, especially the last one, was not that of a national team player who as a leader in the team has to be a positive role model,” Halilhodzic said according to The Athletic, in football today.
“He arrived late and after that, he even refused to work. There was no point in discussing it afterwards, as a coach the answer is right there to see. For me, the national team is above everything, nobody can hold it hostage.”
Halilhodzic then also claimed that Ziyech refused to play against Ghana. Ziyech gave the excuse that he was not fully fit, and he did not want to come off the bench.
The Morocco head coach added: “For the first time in my coaching career, I have seen behaviour that disappoints me. A player who refuses to play a game, admittedly a friendly, on the pretext that he is injured.
“The medical staff made several examinations and said he could play. He then refused to warm up in the second half because he was disappointed to be a substitute. For me, that type of behaviour is unacceptable.
“You can’t cheat with the national team. You are 100 percent there or you are not.”