Renard Appointed Zambia Coach

The Zambian Football Association (FAZ) have appointed former Ghanaian assistant coach Herve Renard as manager of the country’s national team, the Chipolopolo Boys.
The Frenchman was until recently an assistant to Claude Le Roy at the helm of the Ghanaian national side, and was with the Black Stars during their 2008 African Nations Cup campaign when they came out in third position.

The former France international defender is to take over the vacant position left by Patrick Phiri, whose contract with the team was not renewed after it expired on March 31.

Renard had a disciplinary issue at the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, where he was handed a one-match ban by CAF’s Disciplinary Committee after being involved in an incident during the Black Stars' game against Morocco.

The former French international retired from playing professional football in 1998, and featured for AS Cannes, Stade de Vallauris and SC Draguignan in the French league.

He has coached SC Draguignan in France, Shanghai Shehua in China, Cambridge United in England and AS Cherbourg in France.

Many Zambian soccer analysts, however , are not too comfortable with the fact that he has not coached a national team before in his career.

Zambia will begin their 2010 World Cup/ Nations Cup qualifier with an away game against the Hawks of Togo at a neutral venue in Accra.

Awenlimobor Sylvester