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Patrice Beaumelle has been appointed interim coach and will take charge of the Chipolopolo for their upcoming Gillette Brasil Global Tour friendly with the Selecao in Beijing

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have confirmed that Herve Renard has left his post as coach just days before the Chipolopolo's Gillette Brasil Global Tour friendly with Brazil.

Renard leaves his role in order to take up the reins at Ligue 1 club Sochaux.

His former assistant Patrice Beaumelle has been appointed interim coach and will lead the side against the Selecao in Beijing on October 15.

"The Football Association of Zambia hereby announces the release of Herve Renard from the job of national coach of the Zambian National Football Team.,” read an FAZ statement on Monday.

“The 2012 Nations Cup winning coach has been offered a wonderful opportunity at FC Sochaux in the top league in France.

"The FAZ wishes to thank Renard for his dedication to duty, hard work, proficiency and wish him well as he takes up his new coaching job."

The move brings an end to the 45-year-old’s second stint in charge of Zambia, during which time he went on to win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

“I would like to thank [FAZ chief Kalusha Bwalya] for this opportunity and for allowing me to further my career,” said Renard.

“I enjoyed working with him and together we did the best to further the development and rise of the Chipolopolo. I wish the team well.”

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