He received the ball in the right corner of the large area and as the oriented control went a bit long, Munir El Haddadi (Madrid, 25 years old) invented a shot with his right leg – he is closed left-handed – that caught the goalkeeper by surprise Burundi and that he could do nothing until he picked up the ball from the back of the net. The Sevilla striker celebrated the only goal of the match with a kiss to the Moroccan shield [su padre nació en Tánger], the second senior team he defends after debuting in 2014 under Vicente del Bosque. A unique fact that sets the definitive precedent.
At the age of 19, Munir received the call from the Spanish team and the forward accepted the challenge of replacing the injured Diego Costa against Macedonia. He played 13 minutes and everything seemed to go smoothly, a footballer who at that time was emerging with Barcelona. But he lost steam and his place in the Barça team at the same time that he disappeared from Del Bosque’s lists forever. So three years later, the call from the Moroccan federation completely seduced him. Although he has spent four years fighting until he can put on the shirt.
The persistence of the Moroccan federation – which also played back Samy Mmaee (Belgian Saint-Truiden) and Ossama Idrissi (Ajax, on loan from Sevilla) after playing with other U21 teams – led FIFA to modify the regulations. A regulation that came to say, among other clauses, that a footballer could change federation in the event that he had not played with the previous (and first) team for three years and that he had not debuted with more than 21 years in the absolute [Munir lo hizo con 19]. But not even these would solve the sports passport of the Sevilla forward -from FIFA they alluded to the bureaucratic mess after the covid-19 pandemic-, who had to leave the concentration of the Moroccan team in October. “FIFA does not allow you to play yet,” the team delegate told him after unsuccessfully trying to process his card for the friendly matches against Senegal and Congo. “I do not give up and will continue working to wear this shirt and represent the Moroccan team,” wrote the tip on social networks as a reply to FIFA. “But it was a matter of time because both the national team and the international body told us that it was going to be processed,” they explain from the player’s environment. The document for the duels against Central Africa in November did not arrive either to the attacker’s despair. But yes this time. “Pride, commitment and much happiness to be part of this selection,” Munir wrote on his social networks.
Thus, after four years of litigation with FIFA, Munir managed to put on the Moroccan shirt against Mauritania last week. And this Tuesday he celebrated his first target to kiss the shield. His thing has cost him.