Chelsea Will Not Lose Hakim Ziyech to the Africa Cup of Nations

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Chelsea Will Not Lose Hakim Ziyech to the Africa Cup of Nations
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Among other football news, Chelsea will not lose Hakim Ziyech to the Africa Cup of Nations in early 2022. An ongoing feud between player and his international coach has led to the winger being kicked out of Morocco’s squad.

The Blues have found themselves short on numbers at times during recent Covid-19 outbreaks. So, they are going to be facing a shortage of first team players next month.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are thus chasing down honours on multiple fronts. And now, Chelsea are by the news Ziyech will be available.

Chelsea Will Not Lose Hakim Ziyech to the Africa Cup of Nations

The 28-year-old forward, who has 40 caps and 17 goals for Morocco, is not part of the national team. Ziyech has fallen out of favour under current head coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

The Bosnian revealed in September, when first snubbing Ziyech, that his patience with the star had went beyond breaking point.

He told reporters: “For the first time in my coaching career, I saw a national team player who doesn’t want to train and claims to be injured, although tests have shown he can play.

“I won’t tolerate it. Not this behaviour as long as I coach Morocco.”

Ziyech, back then, responded by posting on Instagram: “Next time when you speak SPEAK THE TRUTH THEN…!”

But Halilhodzic refused to back down and said in a subsequent international break that he wished he’d dropped Ziyech sooner.

He added: “We tried to talk to him, but you have to draw the line somewhere. It’s sad, it’s a mess, but also a shame.”

While Ziyech has not made it to Morocco’s squad, Halilhodzic has included Paris Saint-Germain full-back Achraf Hakimi.

The Atlas Lions are due to face Ghana in their AFCON opener on January 10. They then go up against Comoros and Gabon in their other Group C fixtures.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, who can now enjoy Ziyech’s presence, will be represented elsewhere in the competition, with first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy expected to be selected by Senegal.

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