Russia 2018: Sofiane Boufal out of Morocco squad

Russia 2018: Sofiane Boufal out of Morocco squad

Morocco coach Herve Renard has published his final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, naming three additional players as reserves.

As widely expected, the Atlas Lions veteran players: Benatia, Dirar, Amrabat, Boussoufa, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Harit, Ziyech and Boutaib made the list, as well as 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) sensation Ayoub El Kaabi.

However, Southampton attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal was snubbed, probably due to his limited playing time at St Mary’s Stadium.

Chafik, Tannane, El Yamiq, Haddad, Bammou, Bencharki, Azaro, Labyad and without surprise El Arabi have also been left out, while El Hajjam, Mazraoui and En-Nesyri are the three players on the reserve list.

Morocco are returning to the Mundial after 20 years of absence, and will battle Iran, Spain and Portugal in Group B in Russia.

Goalkeepers

Munir Mohand Mohamed (Numancia/ Spain)

Yassine Bounou (Gerone/ Spain)

Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)

Defenders

Mehdi Benatia (Juventus/Italy)

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton/England)

Manu Da Costa (Istanbul Basaksehir/Turkey)

Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid/ Spain)

Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe/Turkey)

Badr Banoun (Raja Casablanca)

Hamza Mendyl (Lille/France)

Midfielders

Youssef Aït-Bennasser (Caen/France)

Medhi Carcela (Standard de Liege/Belgium)

Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord Rotterdam/Holland)

Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray/Turkey)

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam/Holland)

Fayçal Fajr (Getafe/Spain)

Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord Rotterdam/Holland)

Nordin Amrabat (Leganes/Spain)

Mbark Boussaoufa (Al Jazira/UAE)

Amine Harit (Schalke 04/Germany)

Attackers

Aziz Bouhaddouz (Sankt Pauli/Germany)

Khalid Boutaïb (Yeni Malatyaspor/Turkey)

Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane)

Reserves

Oualid El Hajjam (Amiens/France)

Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam/Holland)

Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga/Spain)

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