Mehdi Carcela To Choose Morocco

The Stadard Liege midfielder has decided to accept the call-up to the Moroccan Olympic team, as they attempt to qualify for the 2009 Mediterranean Games...

According to, Standard de Liege player Mehdi Carcela has decided to represent Morocco, despite being heavily solicited by the Belgium national side.

The player holds a Belgian passport and has a Spanish father, but has reportedly decided to honour the North African roots of his mother.

His decision seems to have been precipitated by the fact that he was named in the expanded list of the Moroccan Olympic team which was released last week.

He was included in the squad, along with a number of other European based players with dual nationality, and so far the majority of them have responded favourably.

Sources close to the player have indicated that he has already sent the necessary documents to the country’s football federation, in order to confirm his choice and obtain citizenship.

The 20-year-old will be an important addition to the list, from which Fathi Jemal will pick the team which will seek qualification for the 2009 Mediterranean Games, being held in Pescara, Italy.

Rami Ayari,