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Boussoufa retires from international football

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The Morocco footballer will stop playing with the national team to leave space for the younger generations.

Morocco was surprisingly kicked out of the Round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by losing to Benin on penalties.

And a few days after this defeat, the Atlas Lions experienced midfielder Mbark Boussoufa has said he will retire from international football.

Boussoufa started playing with the national team in 2006, scoring eight goals in 72 matches.

“I had my time. I had a good time I think that’s been enough from me,” the 34-year-old told BBC Sport.

“I have had enough time and I think it is time for the young players that are coming. There are enough good players.”

He added: “We have a positive group and we have a lot of young players that you can build on.”

“They are already playing for their club and their nation. So there are a lot of positive things we can look at.”

The Moroccan footballer will continue playing for Arabian club Al-Shabab, continuing a career that has taken him to Belgium, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.