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By The Atlas Lions, Mar 20 2019 01:01PM

(BBC) Football's world governing body Fifa has given Oussma Idrissi permission to switch international allegiance from the Netherlands to Morocco.


The former Dutch youth international, who plays for AZ Alkmaar, had announced his intention in February.


The Royal Morocco Football Federation (FRMF) says he was given approval for the move earlier this week.


FRMF received a letter from Fifa stating Idrissi is qualified to play for the Atlas Lions.


He had already linked up with Herve Renard's squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Malawi in Lilongwe on March 22.


They then play a friendly at home to Argentina on 26 March in Tangier.


Idrissi was included in Morocco's preliminary squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon and a friendly with Tunisia last November, but did not play.


The 23-year-old winger, who was born in the Netherlands and played for the country at various youth levels, is eligible for Morocco through his parents.


Renard had welcomed Idrissi's commitment to play for Morocco in February.


Speaking at that time, the player said it was a decision that respected both countries.


"I was born and raised here [in the Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. I am a footballer and I had to make the decision with my parents. I wanted to make the most of myself," he said.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 18 2018 02:56PM


by Soka25east.com


FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit Morocco in January 2019 to take part in the session of a selection of FIFA Member federations in Marrakech.


During the symposium, Infantino will review the possible World Cup W bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.


Spain proposed the bid during the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Morocco in November.


In a press conference with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Sanchez said that the bid would unite the peoples from two continents. “We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” said Sanchez.


Morocco, however, has not officially decided whether it will submit a solo or a joint bid with the European countries.


According to Spanish sports news outlet AS, the FIFA committee will discuss the “so-called continental rotation law to boost the Ibero-Moroccan candidacy to [host] the 2030 World Cup.”


The committee will also discuss the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Qatar.Infantino already announced that he prefers joint bids for the World Cup after the North American United 2026 World Cup bid defeated Morocco’s bid in June.


While Spain is hoping for a joint bid with Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, Portugal said it has not received an official proposal from Spain.


Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the proposal is “an uncertain idea that has never been officially put to us, and when it is we naturally have to study it.”


A World Cup held on two different continents is also not a preference for the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin.


Earlier this month, Ceferin said he is not “in favor of cross-confederation bids.”


“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said UEFA president.

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