Morocco name Afcon preparation squad without Chamakh and Taarabt

The Atlas Lions will be doing without the services of some familiar faces at the forthcoming showpiece in South Africa including the Arsenal and QPR strikers

Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi on Wednesday announced a list of 24 players to prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, surprisingly dropping his captain Houssine Kharja of Qatari side Al-Arabi, who has been a regular with the side since 2003.

As widely expected, Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh and Adel Taarabt of Queen Park Rangers were not selected following their poor showing in the English Premier League this season. French-born Adrien Regattin of Ligue 1 club Toulouse was also left out.

One more player will be dropped by the end of their preparations for the tournament. The delegation will leave for South Africa on January 2, according to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

Morocco are in Group A and will open their tournament against Angola on January 19 at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, before subsequently facing the other two members of the group, debutants Cape Verde and hosts South Africa.


 Name  Club
 Khalid Askri  Raja
Nadir Lamyaghri  WAC
 Anas Zniti  MAS Fes
 Issam El Adoua  Vitoria Guimaraes
 Younes Belakhdar  AS FAR
 Mehdi Benatia  Udinese
 Zakarya Bergdich  Lens
 Abderrahim Chakir  AS FAR
 Ahmed Kantari  Brest
 Abdelhamid El Kaoutari Montpellier
 Karim El Ahmadi  Aston Villa
 Nordin Amrabat  Galatasaray
 Oussama Assaidi  Liverpool
 Chahir Belghazouani  Ajaccio
 Younes Belhanda  Montpellier
 Abdelaziz Barrada  Getafe
 Kamel Chafni  Brest
 Abdelilah Hafidi  Raja
 Adil Hermach  Al-Hilal
 Youssef El Arabi  Granada
 Abderazak Hamdallah  OCS
 Mounir El Hamdaoui  Fiorentina
 Youssef Kadioui  AS FAR
 Mehdi Namli  Moghreb Tetouan