Can Nyirenda emulate the Renard’s continental success
Former Chipolopolo Boys coach Hervé Renard qualified Morocco to the Russia 2018 World Cup at the expense of Ivory coast thanks to a 2-0 away win on Saturday.
The Frenchman has two African Cup of Nations titles to his name with Zambia and Ivory Coast.
For Nyirenda, he has just started his journey as national team coach.
He has managed to phase out the old guard from Renard’s AFCON winning squad and introduced exciting youngsters.
He has also qualified the team to CHAN.
The Frenchman was handed the Chipolopolo job by then FAZ boss Kalusha Bwalya in 2008 and took Zambia to the quarter finals at the 2010 AFCON.
He then jumped the ship to neighbouring Angola but that marriage didn’t work out and found himself in North Africa with Algerian side USM Algiers.
Despite earning Zambia a spot at the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Italian coach Dario Bonetti was sacked by Kalusha, and the Frenchman was brought up despite public outcry against his re-appointment.
The Chipolopolo faithful were still bitter about the way he dumped Zambia for the oil riches in Angola.
After three months, Renard delivered the a maiden AFCON title the Southern African country has been craving for over four decades.
After a poor performance at the Nations Cup in South Africa in 2013, the gaffer opted for a job back in his home land in France with Sochaux.
It must be noted in between his two spells in charge of the Chipolopolo, Renard failed to qualify Zambia to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
He failed to keep them in the Ligue 1 and left the club.
World Cup Qualifiers
Renard with his assistant Patrice found themselves in West Africa and again delivered the AFCON title to Ivory coast in 2015.
There was another unsuccessful spell in his native country with Lille before he was lured by Morocco .
Though he failed to go the quarter final stage at the 2017 AFCON, he kept his job and the rest is history.
Unbeaten in the campaign, scored 11 goals and with best defensive record. Morocco did not concede
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