Vahid Halilhodzic has been named as Morocco’s new head coach, replacing Herve Renard at the helm for the Atlas Lions.
Morocco had been on the lookout for a coach since the resignation last month of Renard, who has since taken over the Saudi Arabia national team.
Renard quit following Morocco’s shock Africa Cup of Nations last-16 defeat to Benin.
The vastly experienced Halilhodzic has arrived in his place, having most recently coached Nantes in Ligue 1, where he previously led Paris Saint-Germain from 2003 to 2005.
Halilhodzic boasts a varied background on his international CV, having guided Ivory Coast, Algeria and Japan to World Cup qualification.
Morocco have announced Vahid Halilhodzic as their new head coach
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Upon his appointment, confirmed by the Moroccan FA on Thursday, the 67-year-old said: “Coaching Morocco is a big responsibility and an honour.
“My first objective is to qualify for the World Cup. I will try to qualify a fourth consecutive national team.”
The Moroccan FA said on its website that Halilhodzic has signed a four-year contract.
One of Halilhodzic’s first coaching roles saw him in charge at Raja Casablanca, one of Morocco’s biggest clubs, as they won the CAF Champions League in 1997.
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