Present in coach Walid Regragui’s pre-list, Sofiane Diop was unfortunately not included in the technician’s final list to participate in CAN 2023 with Morocco. Therefore, he will not be part of the adventure in Ivory Coast.
It is important to note that it is not his level of play that has been called into question. The young 23-year-old attacking midfielder, playing for OGC Nice, will miss the prestigious continental tournament due to his failure to recover in time from a fracture of the third right metatarsal that occurred during the match against Toulouse (1-0), continued in a clash with Cape Verdean defender Logan Costa. Although he was called up in November without being able to honor his first cape, Diop will have to wait longer before donning the Atlas Lions jersey.
During his recent visit to the Club des 5, the former French Espoirs international, who also has Senegalese origins and could therefore probably have represented the Lions of Teranga, finally opted for Morocco. He explained his decision bluntly, saying: “ It was up to me to make a choice. I think I had reached a point where I wanted to make a decision. » He added that he had waited for the right moment, stressing that he was at a pivotal moment in his career and that after reflection, he had decided to call the coach to announce his choice to play for Morocco.
Sofiane Diop also shared his experience with the coach of the Atlas Lions, welcoming his warm welcome and interesting approach focused on exchange. “ He is a coach who is very involved in discussions. He likes to get the feeling of his players. I don’t have more to say than that, ” did he declare. These complimentary proposals towards Regragui indicate that the first contacts between the two men went well. We now hope to see the player trained at Stade Rennais shine in the Moroccan jersey, perhaps as early as March.