The seasoned striker still thinks he has what it takes to lead Morocco to glory in the Africa Cup of Nations.
With 17 goals in the league last season and 16 with four games to go in this one, there’s no doubt that Mouhcine Iajour still knows how to find the back of the net. At 33, he has now scored against every single club in the Moroccan championship and although starting some games from the bench, the veteran has been hugely important to Patrice Carteron the last couple of months.
So what about the national team? Iajour has not been included for the Atlas Lions since coming on for Abdelaziz Barrada against Guinea under Badou Zaki in 2015. But could he feature one last time, in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations?
With Khalid Boutaïb and Walid Azaro struggling in Egypt, Youssef En-Nesyri just back from injury, Rachid Alioui and Ayoub El Kaabi out of form and Abderrazak Hamdallah acting like an arrogant girl at the bar, Iajour is one of the most in-form players we’ve got. The question is if Hervé Renard wants to take a chance on a player he barely knows, right before the tournament. The man himself certainly feels overlooked and suggested, in an interview with Le360, with a smile on his face, that the color of his skin might have had something to say:
“Maybe it’s my skin color. Maybe Renard believes I’m a Sub-Saharan player who just happens to be in the Botola.”
Iajour added that he respects the choices of the national team manager and confirms that he’s certainly available, should Renard change his mind.