By Duncan Mlanjira
Morocco football federation has appointed two-time Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard in the drive to restore the Atlas Lions’ lost glory.
Renard steered Zambia to their first-ever Nations Cup title in 2012 during the finals co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
After failing to retain the trophy with the Chipolopolos in 2013, the Frenchman was engaged by Cote d’Ivoire and he led the Elephants to their second title in 2005 during the tournament hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
Cote d’Ivoire’s first African title was won in 1992 when it was hosted by Senegal.
The 2012 title was Renard’s first Nations Cup as head coach. He was Ghana’s physical trainer during the 2008 edition which the Black Stars hosted.
Before assisting Ghana, he had been coaching English team Cambridge United.
He also coached French side SC Draguignan for 10 years and was at AS Cherbourg from 2005 to 2007 before moving to Chinese club Shanghai Cosco.
After a poor first six months in charge of Zambia, fortunes changed for the Frenchman’s side and they went on to win bronze during the inaugural African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosted by Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 where they beat Senegal 2-1 in a third place play-off.
His first Nations Cup finals appearance was with Zambia in 2010 in Angola in which they bowed out after the group stages before winning it in 2012.
Renard’s Core d’Ivoire lifted the Nations Cup after beating rivals Ghana.