After a long debate, a source in the Moroccan Football Federation revealed to “France Press,” that Mounir El-Haddadi will play for the “Atlas Lions” team.
The Spanish striker will be called to the camp of the next Moroccan national team, after benefiting from the recent “explanatory notes” of the International Football Association (FIFA) related to the dual players.
The source said, “Al-Haddadi will be called to the national team in the coming period of the International Federation days designated for playing international matches.”
It is scheduled that Morocco will play its next match against its host Mauritania, in the African Nations Cup qualifiers, on March 22nd.
On Thursday, FIFA issued a memorandum to all sports federations, including a set of explanatory notes, on the player’s nationality change law, approved by the General Assembly last September.
Among these observations, the amendment demanded by the Moroccan Union and its president, Faouzi Lakjaa, regarding allowing Al-Haddadi to join the national team after his case matches the new observations.
Al-Haddadi can carry the Moroccan national team’s colors because he did not represent his previous team, Spain, after reaching 21 years, and 3 years have passed since his last participation with him.
Last November, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the appeal of the former Barcelona player after FIFA denied him the representation of the national team of his country, Morocco.
Al-Haddadi participated in a previous camp with Morocco in the suburbs of the capital, Rabat, before the Senegal and Congo states last October. Still, the International Federation’s decision prohibited him from representing his country.
And he had obtained a similar decision before the 2018 World Cup, which also prevented him from playing the World Cup with Morocco.
Al-Haddadi, 25, played with the first Spanish national team one game, when coach Vicente Del Bosque brought him a substitute in the 79th minute against Macedonia (5-1), on September 8, 2014, in the European Cup 2016 qualifiers, which was at the height of his footballing start with Barcelona.