The Moroccan winger was not included in the 23-man squad for the tournament.
Rabat, Morocco (CNN) — Hakim Ziyech is one of the biggest names in African football, but he’s not going to be at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Moroccan midfielder was not included in the 23-man squad for the tournament, which kicks off on June 21.
Ziyech has been left out of Hervé Renard’s team after a dispute with Morocco’s football federation over his image rights. The dispute has been ongoing since last year and Ziyech has been left out of a number of national squads as a result.
“Hakim Ziyech is no longer part of our national team,” said Renard at a press conference on Monday. “It’s sad news but we have to accept it.”