Badou Zaki returns as Morocco's head coach

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 May 2014

The former Moroccan goalkeeper to start a second stint as the Atlas Lions head coach

Badou Zaki
Morocco's new coach Badou Zaki (Photo: Fifa)

The Moroccan Football Federation has appointed Badou Zaki as the new head coach of the Moroccan national team on Friday.

Replacing interim coach Hassan Benabicha, Zaki will be in charge of the Atlas Lions in their 2015 African Cup of Nations campaign that will start next January.

The former Mallorca player received the post after beating out other candidates such as former Zambia boss Herve Renard, Italian coach Trapattoni and Dutchman Dick Advocaat.

The former goalkeeper, Zaki made a name for himself as a player with the Moroccan team in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico as his marvelous saves guided the team to reach the knockout stage.

It will be the 55-year-old tactician's second stint with Morocco as he previously took the charge of the team once before from 2002 to 2005.

The 1986 African Footballer of the Year, guided the Moroccans to reach the 2004 African Cup of Nations final where they lost to Tunisia.

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