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Boutaib called up, Azarou absent as Morocco announce squad for March fixtures

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Morocco coach Herve Renard has announced his Morocco squad for the encounters against Malawi and Argentina in March featuring Zamalek striker Khalid Boutaib while omitting Al Ahly’s Walid Azarou.

Morocco have already sealed qualification to Africa Cup of Nations 2019 after collecting 10 points from five rounds in Group B where they compete against Cameroon, Comoros and Malawi.

Boutaib has been named in Morocco’s squad for their final game in the qualifiers against Malawi before facing Argentina in an international friendly on March 26. The 31-year-old striker joined Zamalek in the January window and has two goals to his name in five games in the Egyptian Premier League.

Meanwhile, Azarou has just came back from a long absence due to injury and was, as expected, did not receive a call from Renard for the March camp.

Morocco full squad:

Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (WAC)

Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Al Duhail), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax), Marouane Da Costa (Al Ittihad), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton), Hamza Mendyl (Schalke 04), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims)

Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Youssef Aït Bennasser (Saint Etienne), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray) Fayçal Fajr (Caen)

Strikers: Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar), Nordin Amrabat (Al Nassr), Abderazak Hamed Allah (Al Nassr), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Khalid Boutaïb (Zamalek), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Hafidi Abdellah (Raja Casablanca), Hadraf Zakaria (Raja Casablanca), Badr Banoun(Raja Casablanca), Ismael Haddad (WAC), Abdelkarim Baadi (HUSA), Chafik Fouad (Dijon), Oualid El Hajjam (Amiens), Tuhami Anuar (Valladolid), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Sofyan Amrabat (Club Brugges).

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