Morocco Squad

With the World Cup 2018 just weeks away, many competing countries are taking it upon themselves to announce their final squads. Officially, they have until the 4th of June to make this decision, and so all announced squads should be considered provisional until then.

Morocco coach Herve Renard announced his 23-man squad on Twitter on the 17th May. He also included 3 reserve players. Check out who will be playing below.

Player Position
Mounir el Kajoui Goalkeeper
Yassine Bounou Goalkeeper
Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti Goalkeeper
Mehdi Benatia Defender
Romain Saiss Defender
Manuel dA Costa Defender
Badr Benoun Defender
Nabil Dirar Defender
Achraf Hakimi Defender
Hamza Mendyl Defender
Oualid El Hajjam Defender (Reserve)
M’bark Boussoufa Midfielder
Karim El Ahmadi Midfielder
Youssef Ait Bennasser Midfielder
Sofyan Amrabat Midfielder
Younes Belhanda Midfielder
Faycal Fajr Midfielder
Amine Harit Midfielder
Noussair Mazraoui Midfielder (Reserve)
Kahlid Boutaib Forward
Aziz Bouhaddouz Forward
Ayoub El Kaabi Forward
Nordin Amrabat Forward
Mehdi Carcela Forward
Hakim Ziyech Forward
Youssef En Nesyri Forward (Reserve)

One of the most suprising things about this squad is that there is no place for Sofaine Boufal who was a lead hopeful to make the final 23. The 24-year-old, who plays for Southampton, has not played since March after an argument with Southampton manager Mark Hughes, and so has missed the last five games of the Premier League season. Renard, the Moroccan coach, released his squad without comment, but he has omitted players with disciplinary issues in the past.

Morocco World Cup 2018 Squad: Top Goal Scorer

Provided he is played often, Mehdi Carcela is a good player to back for Morocco’s top goal scorer this tournament. He has not made the squad since September last year, but he proved instrumental in helping his club, Standard Liege, to second place in the Belgian league.