FRMF Officially Appoints Vahid Halilhodzic as Morocco’s Coach

Vahid Halilhodzic. Photo Credit: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Rabat – The Royal Football Federation (FRMF) introduced Vahid Halilhodzic as the new coach of the Moroccan national football team.

The president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, announced today, August 15, that the federation reached an agreement with the Bosnian sportsman who will succeed French coach Herve Renard.

The announcement comes after FRMF reviewed a three-name shortlist featuring German Gernot Rohr, tFrench Laurent Blanc, and the Bosnian coach.

Earlier this week, international media reported that Blanc had rejected Morocco’s offer, without giving more details on the Frenchman’s reasons.

Halilhodzic’s  coaching resume  is not to be underestimated. The67-year-old Bosnian coach has already had an impressive international career.

“I hope we can achieve the best things  together with Morocco even at the financial level,”  said the Bosnian man, laughing along with the press conference attendees.

“I get sick when I lose something,’ Halilhodzig said when he was asked about the race for coaching the Atlas Lions.

Halilhodzic has worked as a manager for many international football clubs and teams, including Paris Saint Germain, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Japan, and most recently Nantes.

The FRMF will pay the Bosnian coach a salary of MAD 800,000 per month.

“I made the difficult decision to leave the club for personal reasons … I’m leaving for another sporting project. I would like to thank the supporters of Nantes for their support and affection,” wrote Halilhodzic on August 3 on Facebook .

The post suggested that the Bosnian sportsman already had plans to leave Nantes for Morocco’s Atlas Lions.