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Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi and Montpellier’s Younes Belhanda will be the men to watch out for in the Lions of the Atlas Afcon squad

Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi named his Africa Cup of Nations squad on Wednesday, dropping almost half of the group that participated in the previous edition, including Arsenal’s Maroune Chamakh and Celtic defender El Kaddouri Badr.

Aston Villa’s Karim El Ahmadi, Younes Belhanda of Montpellier and Granada striker Youssef El Arabi will be some of the top names to look out for in the outfit during the tournament.

Moroccco are pitted against hosts South Africa, Angola and Cape Verde in Group A, and will play their first game against the Palancas Negras on January 19 at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.

List

Name Club
Goalkeepers:  
 Khalid Askri  Raja
 Nadir Lamyaghri  Wydad
 Anas Zniti  Maghreb Fes
Defenders:  
 Issam El Adoua  Vitoria
 Younes Belakhdar  FAR Rabat
 Zakarya Bergdich  RC Lens
 Mehdi Benatia  Udinese
 Abderrahim Chakir  FAR Rabat
 Ahmed Kantari  Stade Brestois
 Abdelhamid El Kaoutari  Montpellier
Midfielders:  
 Karim El Ahmadi  Aston Villa
 Nordin Amrabat  Galatasaray
 Oussama Assaidi  Liverpool
 Abdelaziz Barrada  Getafe
 Chahir Belghazouani  Ajaccio
 Younes Belhanda  Montpellier
 Kamel Chafni  Stade Brestois
 Adil Hermach  Al Hilal
 Youssef Kaddioui  FAR Rabat
 Mehdi Nemli  Moghreb Tetouan
Forwards:  
 Youssef El Arabi  Granada
 Abderrazak Hamdallah  OCS
 Mounir El Hamdaoui  Fiorentina

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