Morocco’s Coach Calls Atlas Lions’ Performance Against Libya ‘Disappointing’


Rabat – In a statement to Moroccan TV channel Arryadia, the coach of Morocco’s national football team, Vahid Halilhodzic, expressed his disappointment at his team’s performance during the friendly game against Libya.

The game that took place yesterday, October 11, in Oujda ended in a 1-1 draw.

Morocco took the lead in the 20th minute after defender Jaouad Yamiq, who plays for Italian club Genoa CFC, scored a goal.

The Libyan squad equalized the score in the 42nd minute of the game, thanks to a goal from Sanad El Ouarfali. El Ouarfali currently plays for Morocco’s Raja Casablanca.

Halilhodzic did not hide his disappointment in his post-game interview, “There is a lot of work to do to rebuild the team.”

“The game’s result is disappointing. We really wanted to win to please the fans who supported us here in Oujda. There are many things that should be improved,” said the coach.

“We had a number of scoring opportunities, but we rush and panic… We could have won if Rachid Alioui transformed his last minute chance into a goal, but it is what it is,” added Halilhodzic.

The Bosnian coach also praised the performance of the Libyan team, “They are a surprising team, with many technical qualities, especially in counter-attacks.”

“We are trying to completely rebuild the team… We need time to get good results,” concluded Halilhodzic.

The friendly game against Libya is part of the Atlas Lions preparations for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifiers. Morocco will face Gabon in a second friendly game next Tuesday, October 15, in Tangier.