Munir already scores with Morocco

Munir already scores with Morocco

Munir, with 10, before measuring Burundi Official website of the Moroccan national team

He received the ball in the right corner of the large area and as the oriented control went a little long, Munir El Haddadi (Madrid; 25 years) invented a shot with his right leg – he is a closed left-handed man – that caught the Burundi goalkeeper by surprise and that he could do nothing until he picked up the ball from the back of the net. The Sevilla forward celebrated the only goal of the match with a kiss to the shield of Morocco [his father was born in Tangier], the second senior team he defends after debuting in 2014 under Vicente del Bosque. A unique event that sets the definitive precedent.

At the age of 19, Munir received the call from the Spanish team and the forward accepted the challenge of replacing the injured Diego Costa against Macedonia. He played 13 minutes and everything seemed to go smoothly, a footballer who at that time was emerging with Barcelona. But he lost steam and his place in the Barça team at the same time that he disappeared from Del Bosque's lists forever. So three years later, the call from the Moroccan federation completely seduced him. Although he has spent four years fighting until he can put on the shirt

The persistence of the Moroccan federation – which also played back Samy Mmaee (Belgian Saint-Truiden) and Ossama Idrissi (Ajax, on loan from Sevilla) after playing with other sub teams -21- managed to get FIFA to modify the regulations. A regulation that came to say, among other clauses, that a footballer could change federation in the event that he had not played with the previous (and first) team for three years and that he had not debuted with more than 21 years in the absolute [ Munir did it with 19]. But not even these would solve the sports passport of the Sevilla forward -from FIFA they alluded to the bureaucratic mess after the covid-19 pandemic-, who had to leave the concentration of the Moroccan team in October. "FIFA does not allow you to play yet," the team delegate told him after unsuccessfully trying to process his card for the friendly matches against Senegal and Congo. "I do not give up and will continue working to wear this shirt and represent the Moroccan team," wrote the tip on social networks as a reply to FIFA. "But it was a matter of time because both the national team and the international body told us that it was going to be processed," they explain from the player's environment. The document for the duels against Central Africa in November did not arrive either to the despair of the attacker. But yes this time. “Pride, commitment and much happiness to be part of this team,” Munir wrote on his social networks.

Thus, after four years of litigation with FIFA , Munir managed to put on the Moroccan shirt against Mauritania last week. And this Tuesday he celebrated his first target to kiss the shield. His thing has cost him.

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