The 22-year old confirmed his choice to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.
By Morocco World News -
Rabat – Moroccan footballer Oussama Idrissi spoke of his choice to represent Morocco with the Atlas Lions.
In an interview with Volkskrant, the footballer said that playing for Morocco “was a rational choice.”
“I am a footballer who had to make a choice. I have discussed with my parents what is best for my career,” he added.
He added that he has nothing “against the Netherlands,” just because he chose to represent Morocco.
“I was born and raised here [Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. As a Muslim you basically follow the culture of your father. And my father is Moroccan,” Idrissi explained.
The footballer also expressed his attachment to his father in the interview.
“I am very passionate and fairly independent. When I read back my interviews, it seems like I hear my father talking. He is a wise man, guides youth in youth care. My father always tells me the truth,” he said.
The footballer currently plays for AZ Alkmaar. Idrissi might join the Atlas Lions for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Malawi, which will take place on March 23.
The footballer might also appear with the Atlas Lions in a friendly game against Argentina scheduled for March 26 in Tangier.
AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi has explained his decision to chose an international future with Morocco over Netherlands.
Last week the Dutch press confirmed that Idrissi, who is a Netherlands U21 international, had decided to represent Morocco.
Speaking to De Volkskrant, Idrissi said on the decision, “The Moroccan football association reported and I was asked whether I saw myself playing in the Moroccan shirt, but I did not hear from the KNVB anymore, and Morocco came my way.
“I do not choose Morocco because I am against the Netherlands, I was born here and grew up with the standards and values of this beautiful country.
“I am a footballer who had to make a choice, I discussed the best for my career with my parents, and I want to get the most out of myself.”
The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals and added seven assists in 28 games this season.
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