The Portuguese coach is in talks with officials of the Moroccan federation who want him to command the Qatar team
André Villas-Boas could be the third Portuguese coach at the Qatar World Cup, which takes place at the end of the year. After Fernando Santos, for Portugal, and Paulo Bento, for South Korea, the former coach of FC Porto was invited by the Moroccan football federation to replace Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic as coach. Talks are ongoing and there could be a deal very soon.
Back in Morocco after a few days of vacation, Halilhodzic already knows that he will leave the national team. “When you are a coach, you are constantly exposed to pressures that some find difficult to bear, but I am ready for anything,” he told his country’s press.
On Monday, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation denied rumors that the coach had been sacked, confirming in a tweet that the Bosnian was out of the country on vacation. However, the formalization of the departure of Vahid Halilhodzič is imminent and André Villas-Boas should take the reins of the national team of Morocco, reopening the doors to the Atlas Lions Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui, two players who had recent conflicts with the Bosnian coach. .
Villas-Boas, 44, took a year off after leaving Marseille and will be set to take on a new challenge in his career. It will be the second time he has worked with a national team after spending two years as technical coordinator for the British Virgin Islands at the start of his career.
Recall that Morocco will have as opponents during the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, the national teams of Belgium, Croatia and Canada.