Chelsea midfielder, Hakim Ziyech has retired from representing the Atlas Lions of Morocco at the international level, saying he wants to now focus on his club career.
Ziyech was conspiciously missing and his absence felt as Morocco crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter finals to Egypt. He reportedly fell out with coach Vahid Halilhodžić who felt he was not putting in enough effort when it comes to representing the senior national team.
The 28-year-old currently in the United Arab Emirates with Chelsea for the FIFA Club World Cup said although he feels bad for the not making the squad to Cameroon, he respects the coach’s decision and will no longer be available for selection.
“I understand them [Morocco FA], but I will not return to the national team. That’s my final decison.” Ziyech told the press