New Morocco coach eyes 2022 World Cup

Thursday August 15 2019

Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic poses with Fouzi Lekjaa (left), President of Morocco's Royal Football Federation (FRMF), after signing on as the new coach of the Moroccan national football team during a press conference in the capital Rabat on August 15, 2019. PHOTO | FADEL SENNA |



Former Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic was named as the new coach of Morocco on Thursday, his third job with an African nation.

The 67-year-old succeeds Herve Renard, who quit after the Africa Cup of Nations and has since taken over at Saudi Arabia.

"To reach the World Cup finals in 2022 is my main objective," said Halilodzic, who was recently the coach of French club Nantes.

"It's the fourth time that I will try to take a team to a World Cup."

Halilhodzic has also coached Ivory Coast and Algeria.


He was in charge of Japan from 2015 until 2018 but was axed just two months before the World Cup finals in Russia.