EN and the intractable problem of quarantine

In ten days, an international truce is scheduled from March 22 to 31. The national team will face Mauritania and Burundi there on March 26 and 30 for the fifth and sixth round of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations. But what will it look like and especially what will the group called by national coach Vahid Halilhodzic look like? Legitimate questions, on the one hand, in view of the quarantine that could be imposed on Moroccan internationals from the Old Continent, upon their return to their clubs and, on the other hand, in view of the decision taken by the Moroccan authorities to close land and sea borders to travelers from several countries of the European Union. An inextricable situation, especially since FIFA now allows clubs not to send their players to selection if they wish. A restrictive period of isolation France, to begin with, requires a seven-day isolation period for anyone entering its territory from a country outside the EU. Not to mention PCR testing. Based on the list of players summoned last November by Vahid Halilhodzic, Rennais Nayef Aguerd will be in this case if he honors his selection. Ditto for the residents of the Spanish championship, YassineBounou (Sevilla FC), Jawad El Yamiq (Real Valladolid) and Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla FC). Seven days of isolation is also the rule in force in Belgium, and to which Selim Amallah (Standard de Liège) and Samy Mmaee A Nwambebe (K Saint-Trond) will have to adhere. For Premier League internationals HakimZiyech (Chelsea) and Saiss Ghanem (Wolverhampton), the British health protocol provides for a 10-day isolation period, like Serie A Moroccans Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina) and Achraf Hakimi ( Inter Milan). In Germany, 10 days of isolation will also be necessary for Hamza Mendyl (Schalke 04), Aymen Barkok (Dusseldorf), Amine Harit (Schalke 04) and Nassim Boujellab (Schalke 04), to integrate their respective clubs. The same fate awaits Noussair Mazraoui (AFC Ajax) and Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZAlkmaar), hosts of the Eredivisie, the Dutch championship. Portugal, where Zouhair Feddal (Sporting) and Adel Taarabt (Benfica Lisbon) play, pushes the plug a little further with a 14-day isolation period. If we add to the list Youssef El Arabi (Olympiakos FC) and the seven days of isolation awaiting him upon his return to Greece, a total of 19 potential internationals are affected by the quarantine puzzle. An almost insoluble problem that would give migraine to a doliprane. The national coach is undoubtedly in anticipation. Especially since FIFA has temporarily relaxed its regulations on the provision of internationals. Vahid Halilhodzic restricted in his choices? In fact, the provision of internationals becomes “optional if, for the players concerned, a quarantine or self-isolation period of at least five days is compulsory from the arrival at the club premises or at the club. place where the match of the national team is supposed to be played, ”says FIFA. As a result, European clubs have the right to detain their players who are supposed to leave in places that would subject them to quarantine. But for the moment, no common position emerges within the clubs. Not easy to retain a player against his will. One of the solutions is to shift the day after the international window. But according to FIFA, no official request has been made in this direction from the clubs. Anyway, this solution seems improbable because of too tight a schedule. Some Ligue 1 clubs are considering requesting an exceptional exemption from the French government. But the chances ‘are low’ according to “The team”. That said, some countries have obtained guarantees from their federation for internationals playing abroad, but this is not the case for everyone. It is quite possible that Vahid halilhodzic is restricted in his choices. Enough to revive certain executives of the local national team, holder of the last two CHANs? As a last resort, it seems that FIFA is working on the possibility of postponing the international break, until the health situation improves, especially as the qualifications of the South American zone for the 2022 World Cup have been officially postponed. .