Mohamed Amine Ihattaren, whom the Dutch fans call “Mo Ihattaren”, is the 17-year-old footballer for whom both the Moroccan Atlas Lions and Dutch “Oranges” have special eyes.
Like many binational footballers, the young Moroccan-Dutch player should choose, one of these days, between Morocco and the Netherlands. But already the pressure of the Royal Dutch Football Federation is becoming stronger on Ihattaren. Especially since he has previously refused to respond positively to the request of the Dutch coach of the young people whose team was to face Cyprus in the framework of the qualifiers of the European Championship of football under 19 years.
The young offensive midfielder of PSV Eindhoven also refused to respond to the invitation of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to participate in the two friendly games of the Atlas Lions against Burkina Faso and Niger.
The Dutch pressure on Mo Ihattaren is also due to the journalist Valentine Driessen. He even has the presumption of “advising”, rather to summon the young Moroccan-Dutch “not to make the same mistake as Hakim Ziyech”. He also added that he had asked the Ajax Amsterdam player to wear the colors of the Dutch national team “if he wanted to play at a higher level”.
According to the website “voetbalprimeur”, Driessen argues that it is better for Ihattaren to choose The Oranges. Previously, he writes, Ziyech was in the same situation but he opted for Morocco, “which deprived him of evolving against large European teams”.
But if we let this talented and promising young footballer choose himself the national colors he wants to defend? For the moment, Mo Ihattaren expresses his pride at having been asked by the two federations but he has not yet made his choice. “I just want to play,” he says. Even though her family says she “would be honored” that her son chose to wear the Atlas Lions jersey.