OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR ZAMBIA'S RENARD - Friday, January 08, 2010
Herve Renard faces his baptism as an Orange African Nations Cup coach, two years after working with one of the best to grace the tournament.

The 41-year-old Frenchman assisted compatriot Claude le Roy in taking hosts, Ghana, to third place thanks to a four-goal salvo against fellow beaten semi-finalists, Ivory Coast, in a play-off.

When Le Roy moved on to the Middle East state of Oman, he recommended Renard to coach-less Zambia and officials in the southern Africa country did not hesitate to give the unproven Frenchman an opportunity.

There have been highs, like holding Egypt away in a World Cup qualifier and finishing third behind the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana at the inaugural African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast last March.

Matches best forgotten include a 2-0 home defeat by Algeria, which effectively ended dreams of a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and also failing at home to Egypt.

Renard coached in England and China before making Africa his base and has attracted attention from leading Ivory Coast club, ASEC Mimosas, and the Senegalese national team.