QPR's Taraabt not in Morocco Nations Cup squad

Reuters, Wednesday 26 Dec 2012

Morocco have left Queens Park Rangers forward Adel Taraabt out of their 24-man African Nations Cup squad for the finals which start in South Africa next month

Taraabt (Photo: Reuters)

The 23-year-old does not feature on the list of players for the tournament, which runs from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10, published on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation website (www.frmf.ma).

The mercurial Taraabt has been out of favour with the national team but hoped to have done enough to impress Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi, who took charge in the summer.

"I hope to be at the African Nations Cup but even if I'm not there, and that would be painful, I'll be the biggest Morocco supporter," he said on the lequipe.fr African soccer blog.

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has also been omitted from the squad which includes Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool forward Oussama Assaidi from the Premier League.


Goalkeepers: Khalid Askri (Raja Casablanca) , Nadir Lamyaghri (Wydad Casablanca), Ana Znaiti (MAS)

Defenders: Younes Belakhdar (FAR Rabat), Abderahim Achchakir (FAR Rabat), Zakaria Bergdich (Lens, France) , Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier, France), Mehdi Benatia (Udinese, Italy), Issam El Adoua (Guimaraes, Portugal), Ahmed Kantari (Stade Brest, France)

Midfielders: Adil Hermach (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa, England), Younes Belhanda (Montpellier, France), Mehdi Namli (Moghreb Tetouan), Kamel Chafni (Stade Brest, France), Chakhir Belghazouani (Ajaccio, France) , Hamza Hafidi (Raja Casablanca)

Forwards: Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool, England), Nordin Amrabat (Galatasaray, Turkey), Abderazzak Hamdallah (Olympique Safi), Abdelaziz Barrada (Getafe, Spain), Youssef El Arabi (Granada, Spain), Mounir El Hamdaoui (Fiorentina, Italy), Youssef Kaddioui (FAR Rabat)

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