Official: A Change in the Lineup for the 2024 Olympics!

Official: A Change in the Lineup for the 2024 Olympics!

In a notable shift ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Morocco’s Olympic football coach Tarik Sektioui has made an unexpected alteration to his team roster. The Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Tuesday that central defender Ayman El Wafi, who was initially included in Sektioui’s squad of 22 players, has been replaced by Adil Tahif.

The decision comes as the squad prepares for their Olympic debut in just over two weeks. El Wafi, who had been a key figure, is unable to join the team due to a decision by his club, FC Lugano, which has retained him in Switzerland. Taking to Instagram, the 20-year-old expressed his disappointment but urged his teammates to strive for success. “I have to inform you that I will not be able to attend the Olympic Games due to my club’s decision, which I respect. I urge my teammates to give it their all and make our dreams come true. I will be your biggest supporter. Go, team,” he posted.

Adil Tahif, a defender from RS Berkane, steps in as El Wafi’s replacement. This marks Tahif’s return to the national team since March, a fortuitous turn for the 23-year-old who had been training with the reserves. Alongside Tahif, other reserves named were Reda Asmama, Haytam Manaout, and Mehdi Moubarik. This change affords Tahif an opportunity to team up with new RS Berkane goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui before the new season begins.

Morocco will kick off their campaign on July 24 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne against Argentina. Following this, they will face Ukraine on July 27, and their group stage efforts will conclude on July 30 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice against Iraq.

Tahif’s unexpected call-up underscores the dynamic nature of team preparations and the adaptability required for international competitions. The Moroccan team and fans alike will be eager to see how these last-minute changes impact their journey in Paris.

(Originally reported by: Équipe du Maroc via Twitter – @EnMaroc, July 9, 2024)

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