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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, Feb 25 2019 01:57PM

The 22-year old confirmed his choice to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Oussama Idrissi spoke of his choice to represent Morocco with the Atlas Lions.


In an interview with Volkskrant, the footballer said that playing for Morocco “was a rational choice.”


“I am a footballer who had to make a choice. I have discussed with my parents what is best for my career,” he added.


He added that he has nothing “against the Netherlands,” just because he chose to represent Morocco.


“I was born and raised here [Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. As a Muslim you basically follow the culture of your father. And my father is Moroccan,” Idrissi explained.


The footballer also expressed his attachment to his father in the interview.


“I am very passionate and fairly independent. When I read back my interviews, it seems like I hear my father talking. He is a wise man, guides youth in youth care. My father always tells me the truth,” he said.


The footballer currently plays for AZ Alkmaar. Idrissi might join the Atlas Lions for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Malawi, which will take place on March 23.


The footballer might also appear with the Atlas Lions in a friendly game against Argentina scheduled for March 26 in Tangier.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 23 2019 05:56PM

AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi has explained his decision to chose an international future with Morocco over Netherlands.


By Football-Oranje


Last week the Dutch press confirmed that Idrissi, who is a Netherlands U21 international, had decided to represent Morocco.


Speaking to De Volkskrant, Idrissi said on the decision, “The Moroccan football association reported and I was asked whether I saw myself playing in the Moroccan shirt, but I did not hear from the KNVB anymore, and Morocco came my way.


“I do not choose Morocco because I am against the Netherlands, I was born here and grew up with the standards and values ​​of this beautiful country.


“I am a footballer who had to make a choice, I discussed the best for my career with my parents, and I want to get the most out of myself.”


The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals and added seven assists in 28 games this season.

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