Ibrahim Maaroufi has assured mountakhab.net in a phone interview that his disappearance from his club’s lineup in recent weeks was not due to a lack of faith from his coach, as was rumoured in Moroccan sports circles recently.
clarified that a knee injury he sustained in training had necessitated some
time away from the pitch.
former Inter player made it clear that all was well with his coach and
that he fully expected to regain his starting place along with team-mate and
compatriot Oussama Essabr, who has also been sidelined due to injury.
20-year-old has Belgian citizenship but remains eligible to represent Morocco
through his parents. However, earlier this month Maaroufi said he was
frustrated by the lack of action from the Moroccan football authorities, who had
yet to help him obtain a passport.
midfielder’s last international outing was, in fact, with the Atlas Lions when he
played in an Olympic qualifier versus Cameroon in October of 2007, but he made it
clear that he would seriously consider his options if he were to be offered a
first-team opportunity with Belgium.
was not included in Roger Lemerre’s 24-man roster for the north African
country’s qualifier against Gabon on March 28.