Paris 2024 Olympics: The list of players selected by Sektioui


The coach of the Moroccan Olympic football team, Tarik Sektioui, unveiled on Thursday the list of 22 players selected for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, during a press conference held at the Mohammed VI Complex in Maâmora.

The list of 22 selected players includes three players over 23 years old, namely, Achraf Hakimi, Soufiane Rahimi and Munir El Kajoui, with four reserves:

– Goalkeepers:
Munir El Kajoui (RS Berkane)
Rachid Ghanimi (FUS Rabat)
Mohamed Reda Asmama (Touarga Union)

– Defenders:
Achraf Hakimi (Paris SG/France)
Ayman El Wafi (FC Lugano/Switzerland)
Mehdi Boukamir (Royal Charleroi/Belgium)
Akram Nakach (Touarga Union)
Zakaria El Ouahidi (KRC Genk/Belgium)
Adil Tahif (RS Berkane)
Haytam Manaout (Touarga Union)

– Midfielders:
Bilal El Khannouss (KRC Genk/Belgium)
Benjamin Bouchouari (AS Saint Etienne/France)
Yassine Kechta (Le Havre AC/France)
Oussama Targhaline (Le Havre AC/France)
Oussama El Azzouzi (Bologna FC/Italy)
Amir Richardson (Stade de Reims/France)
Mehdi El Moubarik (Al-Ain/United Arab Emirates)

– Attackers:
Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Real Betis/Spain)
Ilias Akhomach (Villarreal/Spain)
Soufiane Rahimi (Al-Ain/United Arab Emirates)
Eliesse Ben Seghir (AS Monaco)
El Mehdi Maouhoub (Raja Casablanca)

Moroccan Olympic team ready to face challenges

During the press conference, Tarik Sektioui expressed the team’s determination to proudly represent Morocco on the international stage. “We are determined to represent our country well and achieve good performances. The work will not be easy, but with perseverance and dedication, we hope to achieve our goals and make Moroccans proud,” he said.

He also spoke about the difficulty of Group B, in which the Atlas Lions will play with Argentina, Ukraine and Iraq: “Our group is indeed difficult, but that is the case for all groups at this level of the competition. We must face these challenges and triumph.”

Regarding the squad, the coach spoke of the challenges faced in building a competitive team. He explained that “some players faced refusals from their clubs because it is not a FIFA date. This posed significant obstacles for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the technical staff, who had to make considerable efforts to convince the clubs to release the players concerned for the Olympic Games.”

Sektioui also addressed the complexity of preparing the team in these conditions. “It is difficult to assemble your squad in these conditions and you have to make technical and tactical adjustments depending on the presence or absence of a player,” he said, stressing that the absence of a single player “requires reviewing the entire squad and affects all the other players, as well as the structure of the team.” This situation was aggravated by the constraints linked to the injuries of certain elements, further complicating the preparation work, he added.

Objective: “Proceed to the next round”

Furthermore, the national coach announced that the team will train in Lyon in preparation for the Olympic matches, stressing at the same time the importance of mental preparation for each match: “As for the level of the team, we prepare mentally for each match. Our main objective is to advance to the next round. We know that it will not be easy, but we are ready for the challenge.”

Asked about the individual performances of the players, he stressed the collective role of the team: “In a press conference like this, it is not appropriate to talk about individual players. Each player has his own importance and role in the team. We must respect the efforts of each one.”

As a reminder, the men’s football tournament at the Olympic Games, in which 16 teams will take part, will take place in Paris from July 24 to August 9.

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