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Munir Al-Haddadi temporarily suspended for Morocco

Sevilla's Moroccan striker is not likely to participate in his national team's two upcoming friendlies despite being called up.

Munir Al-Haddadi temporarily suspended for Morocco
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Despite being called up for international duty by Morocco's national team coach Vahid Halilhodžić, it appears that Munir Al-Haddadi won't be able to play against Senegal on 9 October and Congo on 13 October in their two friendly games.

This is due to some routine procedures that are to be finalized by FIFA and the Moroccan Football Federation as reported by Moroccan newspaper "AL-Sabah".

Al-Hadadi who had previously played one game in the Spanish national team shirt benefited from FIFA's amendments of regulations concerning players with two nationalities to express his desire to represent the Atlas Lions.

However, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation didn't fully complete their requirements as they should have renewed the request by including the player within the Moroccan ranks, while the federation settled for the request they had submitted back in 2018.

A source at the Moroccan Federation revealed earlier that a letter from FIFA was expected to arrive before 9 October, which hasn't happened thus far. Al-Haddadi was summoned to the national team camp along with his teammates, goalkeeper Yacine Bounou and striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who have recently won the Europa league title, and anticipation grew from Moroccan fans eager to see Munir in their national team's shirt for the first time.

Munir has received a festive reception from the Moroccan players and the Bosnian coach who welcomed him into the squad stating that Sevilla will soon have a great fan base in Morocco after the player chose Morocco over "La Roja".