Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh will be hoping to take his club form to the international arena this weekend when Morocco begin their bid for a fifth appearance at the FIFA World Cup™ finals at home to Ethiopia on Saturday.
Chamakh was part of the Bordeaux side which finished second in the Ligue 1 earlier this month, and he will now look to repeat the form that helped take the French title race down to the last round.
Morocco again draw heavily from their Europe-based ranks, including new Marseille signing El Armine Erbate and Mickael Chretien, who has just enjoyed an impressive season with Nancy. The 25-man squad also includes first call-ups for Netherlands-born Karim El Ahmadi, who is expected to join Feyenoord over the coming weeks, and Mohammed Oulhaj, a young prospect from Raja Casablanca.
Caretaker coach Fathi Jamal has had to leave out the experienced defender Abdesslam Ouaddou and midfielder Abderrahmane Kabous, who are injured, but has goalkeeper Tarik El Jarmouni back in the squad. Morocco played at Mexico 1970 and at subsequent FIFA World Cups in 1986, 1994 and 1998.
Goalkeepers: Tarik El Jarmouni (Royal Armed Forces), Karim Fegrouch (Wydad Casablanca), Nadir Lamyaghri (Al Wahda, United Arab Emirates)
Defenders: Mourad Ayni (Raja Casablanca), Mickael Chretien (Nancy, France), Badr El Kaddouri (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), El Amine Erbate (Marseille, France), Salaheddine Sbaï (Charleroi, Belgium)
Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Anderlecht,
Belgium), Karim El Ahmadi (Twente, Netherlands), Nabil El Zhar
(Liverpool, England), Issam Erraki (Royal Armed Forces), Rachid
Hamdani (Clermont Foot, France), Adil Hermach (Roeselare, Belgium),
Houssine Kharja (Sienna, Italy), Younes Menkari (Wydad Casablanca),
Mohammed Oulhaj (Raja Casablanca), Youssef Safri (Southampton,
Forwards: Hicham Aboucherouane (Esperance, Tunisia), Soufiane Alloudi (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates), Abdessalam Benjelloun (Hibernian, Scotland), Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, France), Nabil Dirar (Westerlo, Belgium), Youssouf Hadji (Nancy, France), Tarik Sektioui (Porto, Portugal)