Halilhodzic says he's been 'taken of his pride'

Morocco: Halilhodzic believes he has been
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Franco-Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic felt that he had “taken away his pride” by dismissing him from his position as Morocco coach this summer and depriving him of the 2022 World Cup where the Atlas Lions shone.

“They took away my pride. I can’t forget that, nor forgive them. Because it should also have been my farewell to the coaching career, ” Halilhodzic, 70, told Croatian news site tportal.hr.

Morocco, led by Walid Regragui, was the first African team to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, eliminating Spain and Portugal in particular.

Halilhodzic said that even the tribute paid to him by his successor “could not cure his bitterness nor compensate for what (he) missed with tournament”.

In office since 2019, the former PSG coach had to leave his post in Morocco in August due in particular to a dispute with star striker Hakim Ziyech, whom he had excluded from the team for “disciplinary issues”.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) then mentioned a separation ” amicably “ due “divergent points of view about the preparation of the Atlas Lions”.

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