Morocco Appoint Renard as their New Boss

Herve Renard’s on and off love affair with African football continues as he has now been unveiled as the new head coach of the Morocco national team.

The Frenchman has won two African Cup of Nations titles with Zambia and Ivory Coast and it seems that is what has pushed the Moroccan Football Federation to consider him as the right man to replace Badou Zaki who  left the Atlas Lions by mutual consent on 10 February.

Renard clinched the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast last year before heading to take charge of Lille in Ligue 1, but he was sacked in November.

He was until 11 November 2015 the manager of French Ligue 1 side Lille but he got sacked after getting only 13 points in 13 league games.

The 47-year-old’s Morocco deal is due to last until the 2018 World Cup. His first competitive assignment will be in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde on March 22.

He won the 2012 AFCON with Zambia before repeating the same fete with Cote d’Ivoire in 2015. Renard has also managed the Angola national team after which he returned for a second spell with the Chipolopolo which didn’t bear much success.

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