Halilhodzic Takes Charge of Morocco as New Coach

Vahid Halilhodzic has assumed the role as the new manager of the Moroccan national team. The Atlas Lions will be able to bank on the experience of the 67-year-old, who has spent one season with Nantes. The Bosnian has also played for Nantes. He boasts a remarkable experience when it comes to management in club and international football. He was able to witness to successfully World Cup qualification campaigns with Ivory Coast in Japan, while Algeria were taken to the knockout stages under his leadership in Brazil 2014.

The 67-year-old has claimed that coaching Morocco is a huge responsibility and honour. The primary task for the new manager is to qualify for the World Cup 2022. He has also set a personal target of trying to reach the World Cup 2022 with a fourth different team. Vahid Halilhodzic is no stranger to Morocco after having been in charge of Raja Casablanca, who managed to pick up CAF champions league success in 1997. Morocco witnessed Herve Renard present from his position after the loss to Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations game. Renard’s World Cup were able to reach the World Cup 2018 in Russia but they did not get past the group stages. It also happens to be the first finals achieved by the team since 1998.
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Igor Stimac Not Fearing Qatar despite Oman Loss

Despite starting the World Cup 2022 qualification campaign with a defeat, India’s coach Igor Stimac claims that there is not a reason to be worried ahead of the match against Qatar on Tuesday. The World Cup 2022 hosts will be taking on India in this game at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Qatar were able to gain a huge amount of positivity after beating of Afghanistan 6-0 in their own qualification match. The stakes are much higher for India in this game, as the national team’s away form has not been great.

The team can take a lot of positives from the defeat against Oman considering that it came late in the game. There were large periods in the match when India could have easily scored the second goal and killed the encounter. Now, however, the team morale will be on a low after the defeat and there is a greater necessity to win the game. Qatar and Bangladesh are the next two opponents for India before they take on Afghanistan in November.Stimac has claimed that India can expect at least 4 to 5 changes in order to retain the freshness within the squad. He also criticised the overdependence on Sunil Chhetri for the goals. Meanwhile, many of the players from the Indian squad have spoken about the high levels of motivation still available for the team.
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