The man Herve Renard is back in the news again having to qualify Morocco to the 2018 world cup coming up in Russia. The question on most people’s mind is: who is Renard? Renard came to Africa from a small French second division side known as AS Cherbourg, and assume a coaching assignment at Zambia in 2008 as an unknown quantity. He was in Zambia for a brief stint because of misunderstandings he had with then Zambia FA.
Renard went on to coach Angola national team and USM Algiers but by 2011 he was back to Zambia due to the efforts of Kalusha Bwalya (a prolific African footballer and the President of Zambia FA) who saw a lot of quality and potentials in the coaching skills of Renard. Renard reorganised the Zambia football national team and went ahead to win the AFCON 2012. He left Africa and went on to coached French side Sochaux and by 2014, Renard was poached by Ivory Coast and within a space of a year, he led the Elephants of Ivory Coast to win the AFCON in 2015.
He left the Ivorian national team in 2015 for Lille in a brief stint and before one can say, Jack Morison, Renard was back in Africa under auspices of Morocco in 2016. This quite non-assuming Frenchman worked strenuously with the Moroccan national team and qualify them for 2018 world cup in Russia.
Herve Renard’s record as an international coach is remarkable. He’s the only man to win the Cup of Nations with two different sides (Zambia, Ivory Coast) and he’s now taken Morocco to its first World Cup since 1998, coming out on top of a group that included Ivory Coast–without conceding a goal.
It is with these dossiers of Herve Renard that we at msportvibe.com named Renard the football personality of the year on the continent of Africa