Hakim Ziyech: I Won’t Play for Morocco While Renard is Coach

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Dutch-Moroccan midfielder, Hakim Zyich told the press on Thursday that he would never play for the Moroccan national football team as long as Herve Renard is the coach.It seems that things will never work out between Morocco’s team coach and the Ajax Amsterdam footballer. The 24-year-old-player has stressed in an interview with Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, that he has not been called by Herve Renard. He added that he cannot to play for Morocco as long as Herve is the coach. He revealed that there is a personal feud between him and Herve and he is not expecting an invitation from him.“As long as he is there, I am thinking of something else. It has become something personal, but in the end, he has the last word concerning selections,” said Ziyech.Ziyech has expressed his to play for the Moroccan team, ruling out that his can be done while Renard is at the helm of the Atlas Lions. He added that he would wait for his opportunity to defend his Moroccan jersey.“I know that coaches do not stay where they are for a long time, I will wait for my chance (…) I will be waiting for his departure. This will happen sooner or later,” explained Ziyech.The footballer received his first call to play for the Moroccan team in 2015. Since then, he has played nine games for Morocco and scored five goals.His last appearance wearing the Moroccan national jersey dates back to a friendly match against Canada on October 11, 2016. read more

Defence Secretary assures army veterans pension

Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that army veterans will be granted a pension.He said the decision to grant them a pension was taken following talks he had with President Maithripala Sirisena. Army veterans staged a protest in Fort today by blocking the road and demanding that the President intervene and grant them a pension scheme. (Colombo Gazette)