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Ouaddou sent home from African Nations Cup

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SEGOU, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Morocco's English-based defender Abdesslam Ouaddou has been sent home from the African Nations Cup finals for what officials described on Monday as "personal reasons".

Ouaddou, from English premier league side Fulham, will not be replaced and is the second player sent home from the Nations Cup after Egypt expelled defender Ibrahim Said at the weekend for disciplinary reasons.

Officials refused to elaborate on why he had been sent home.

Ouaddou, who has been capped 12 times for Morocco, made his debut in late 2000 in the first match in charge for Morocco's coach Humberto Coelho. Before joining Fulham, the tall defender played at French club Nancy.

Morocco are now down to 21 players for the tournament. They play their opening match of the tournament against Ghana in Segou on Monday.

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