Morocco's preliminary squad for AFCON 2019: Zamalek's Boutaib in, Ahly's Azaro out

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 27 May 2019,
Morocco announce AFCON squad

Morocco coach Hervé Renard has revealed his team's preliminary squad for next month’s African Cup of Nations, to be held in Egypt.

Zamalek striker Khalid Boutaib was included in the Atlas Lions' 27-man squad, while Ahly's hitman Walid Azaro, who has been left out of international duties since November, wasn't on the list.

Morocco were drawn in Group D alongside Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia and South Africa.

Al Nassr's striker and Saudi league top scorer Abdearrazak Hamdallah is among the prominent names in the squad, along with centre-back Medhi Benatia, goalkeeper Munir Mohand Mohamedi, attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech and midfielder Amine Harit.

They will kick off their campaign by facing Namibia on 23 June.

The cup will take place from 21 June to 19 July.

Morocco's full 27-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Abdelali Mhamdi (Nahdat Berkane)

Defenders: Marouane Da Costa (Al Ittihad), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton), Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims), Mehdi Benatia (Al Duhail), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Youssef Aït Bennasser (Saint Etienne), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray), Fayçal Fajr (Caen), Nordin Amrabat (Al Nassr), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe),

Forwards: Abderazak Hamed Allah (Al Nassr), Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek), Abdelkarim Baadi (Hassania Union Sport Agadir), Amine Harit (Schalke), Oussama Idrissi (AZ), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hebei China Fortune F.C).

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