Herve Renard refuses to rule himself out of Bafana Bafana coaching job

Renard has been tipped as the best option to replace Mashaba, who was fired after being found guilty of gross misconduct and insubordination

Morocco head coach Herve Renard refused to rule himself out of South Africa coaching job following his side's exit from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

The Lions of the Atlas were eliminated from the tournament after losing 1-0 to their North African rivals Egypt in a quarter-final encounter on Sunday night.

The Bafana Bafana coaching job became vacant following the sacking of Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba by the South African Football Association (Safa) last month.

When asked if he was interested in coaching Bafana, Renard said: "I think we need to be respectful to the Morocco football federation and not talk about such matters so soon after the game."

"I'm so proud of my team and they can only grow from here," the two-time Afcon winning coach continued.

The 48-year-old tactician, who has been in charge of Morocco since last year February, insisted that he's focused on building a formidable Lions of the Atlas team.

"We have to keep the same fighting spirit. We will keep the core of the team - we have a fantastic captain in Medhi Benatia," Renard said.

"But we need to bring in new players as well. Step by step, we will get there," he concluded.

The accomplished Frenchman won the 2012 and 2015 Afcon titles with Zambia, and Ivory Coast respectively.