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.