Morocco can use Belgian player

Midfielder Omar El Kaddouri has been cleared to represent Morocco in next month's Olympics despite having previously played for Belgium's U21 team.


An application by El Kaddouri and the Morocco Football Federation to switch his nationality has been granted, a spokesman for FIFA said on Monday.

According to media reports Italian champions Juventus are negotiating to sign the 21-year-old Brussels-born player, whose parents are from the North African country, from Brescia on a four-year contract.

El Kaddouri has been playing in Italy since leaving Anderlecht at the age of 17.

Morocco take on Honduras, Japan and Spain in Olympic Group D in Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester.

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