Soccer. After the affair with Aminata Diallo, what future for Kheira Hamraoui in the France team?
It may still be a little early to see the 32-year-old midfielder again in the blue jersey at the November rally: the international has just returned to the lawns, almost a year after the attack she suffered .
But after two appearances in a row with PSG, his first since April, his situation will undoubtedly be the subject of a few questions to Corinne Deacon, Thursday morning at the headquarters of the French Football Federation (FFF), in Paris .
The coach reveals the names of the players selected for a friendly match against Norway, scheduled for Friday, November 11 (9:10 p.m.), at La Nucia, near Alicante, in Spain, where the Norwegians meet during this autumn period.
“I want to play again, replay matches, return to the France team”, announced, in September, the PSG player on BFM TV, at the dawn of her return to collective training.
His last steps with Les Bleues date back to February 2022. At the time, Hamraoui (39 caps) had resumed competition with Paris and the investigation into his November 2021 attack is ongoing.
« The door is closed to no one »
Her summons is a surprise: Deacon has not called her for three years and the affair is lastingly disrupting the daily life of PSG, where her relations with several players are strained.
During the rally, Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani, two executives of the Bleues, even celebrate a goal by paying tribute to their teammate, the Iséroise Aminata Diallo, suspected of having ordered the attack and indicted for « aggravated violence in September 2022.
Hamraoui will not set foot in the selection again: at the end of March, Deacon recognizes that « some relationships are difficult » and decides to « allow himself a little time » before studying the possibility of a new call.
In April, an altercation in PSG training spelled the end of Hamraoui’s season, excluded from collective training. Without playing time, she logically said goodbye to Euro-2022 in England.
At the start of the school year, the indictments of Aminata Diallo and five men clarified the case and reopened the sporting debate, even if the player remained excluded from the club. “The door is not closed to anyone,” Deacon explains at the end of September. « If she is brought to play, she may be selectable, but the question does not arise because she does not play ».
With this playing time found at PSG, the question is therefore likely to arise again, Thursday and in the coming weeks. Especially since the Bleues remain on worrying defeats in Germany (2-1) and Sweden (3-0), during the friendly matches of October, and that the profile of the medium with the large size can bring something thing on the road to the Mondial-2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
« She was the victim in history, » recalled Grace Geyoro, her PSG partner, in early October. « Kheira went through very difficult times. » Soon the end of the ordeal?