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Verbeek heading to Morocco

10 April 2010-SBS

Pim Verbeek

Australia coach Pim Verbeek will reportedly stay on in Africa after the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, after revealing he will take up a role with Morocco.

The Dutchman is set to become the national youth technical director for Morocco and is set to commence his new role in August after the World Cup finals.

An official announcement on his appointment is expected shortly and comes after Verbeek announced several weeks ago that he would not continue in his role as Socceroos coach after the World Cup finals in South Africa, which takes place in June/July.

His primary role will be to identify and develop young talent for the Morocco national team, which has failed to qualify for the World Cup finals or the African Cup of Nations.

There had been a lot of speculation that Verbeek would be going back to a club coaching role in the Netherlands.

He told The Daily Telegraph: "It's somewhere brand new for me, a beautiful country and Moroccan football is not doing so well at the moment so the challenge is big.

"Also it is only three hours flight from Holland so my family will be happy, which was a major part of my thinking.

"They know my only focus is Australia until then, which was an important part of my taking the job.

"But after that I will have much to do. Morocco did not qualify for the World Cup or the African Cup so we have to find some good young players and make them ready for the national team.

"There are young Moroccan players scattered around Europe, all over, and we must identify those who we think are good enough."

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