Official: Morocco squad for SA confirmed

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Morocco have officially confirmed their squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Liberia in June.  

The African nation will first play a friendly against the USA on 2 June to warm up before their competitive matches later that month.

Vahid Halilhodzic's side was placed in Group K alongside South Africa and Liberia, and will lock horns with Hugo Broos' Bafana Bafana on 9 June, before they face Peter Butler's men four days later.  

A host of footballers based in Europe have been called up to the team, including Paris Saint-Germain's Achraf Hakimi, Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt and Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri.  

Interestingly, this is new Bayern Munich signing Noussair Mazraoui's first call-up to the national team since November 2020, after he reportedly made peace with his head coach.

Bafana boss Broos is set confirm his final team on Thursday after announcing an initial 37-man preliminary squad on 16 May. 

Here is Morocco's squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Y. Bounou (Sevilla), M. El Kajoui (Hatayspor), A Zniti (Raja Casablanca)

Defenders: S. Chakla (OH Leuven), S. Mmaee (Ferencvarosi), G. Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), N. Aguerd (Rennes), A Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), N. Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), S. Alakouch (Lausanne-Sport), A. Masina (Watford)

Midfielders: F. Fajr (Sivasspor), S. Amrabat (Firoentina), A. Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt), I. Chair (QPR), Adel Taarabt (Benfica), A. Ounahi (Angers), S Amallah (Standard Liege)

Forwards: S. Rahimi (Al Ain), A. Harit (Olympique Marseille), M. El Haddadi (Sevilla), Z. Aboukhlal (Alkmaar), Y. En-Nesyri (Sevilla), A. El Kaabi (Hatayspor), T. Tissoudali (Gent)

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