Morocco boss Gerets hails Chamakh

17 November 2010 11:27
New Morocco coach Eric Gerets believes Marouane Chamakh has become a better player since moving to Arsenal.Gerets praised Chamakh ahead of Wednesday's friendly between the Atlas Lions and Northern Ireland in Belfast.

It is the Belgian coach's first game in charge since signing a four-year deal with the North Africans last month.

Gerets says Chamakh has improved considerably since joining Arsene Wenger's team from French club, Bordeaux.

The 26-year-old moved has made a fine start to life as a Gunner, scoring eight times.

Gerets said: "When he played in France he was very good in the box and scored a lot of goals with his head.

"But I get the impression since he has joined Arsenal he has become a more complete player.

"They play fantastic one-touch football and he is getting better every week as he gets used to this new kind of play.

"He is doing a great job for Arsenal. It is not easy to change your game but he is doing very well."

The 56-year-old Gerets has been charged with the task of reviving Morocco, who have under-achieved in international tournaments over the past decade.

"I think there is a big potential," said Gerets, who has also coached Turkish giants Galatasaray and was last in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal.

"They have a lot of good players. For one reason or another they have not been successful in the last couple of years but I think we can change this."

Source: BBC_Sport