Former Zambia,Ivory Coast and Morocco head coach Herve Renard has reportedly been named the head coach of Saudi Arabia men’s football team on a two and a half year deal.
This two weeks after the 50 year old Frenchman left the Atlas Lions of Morocco after failing to help the 1976 AFCON winners win their 2nd title.
Origin of the story:
The two times AFCON winner (with Zambia and Ivory Coast), joined the Atlas Lions of Morocco in February 2016 and led the team to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
Renard left role without ending Morocco’s 43 years and counting wait for the AFCON trophy.
Hervé Renard’s is one of seven coaches, who have either been sacked or have left their post,after their team’s poor performances in the 2019 AFCON.
Considered one of Asia’s most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup on three occasions (1984,1988, and 1996), reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals.They have also appeared at five FIFA World Cup tournaments (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2018) but have not gone beyond their best run set in the 1994 when they qualifed for the Round of 16 and finished 12.
Renard will replace Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi who took “the Green Falcons” to the World Cup in 2018 after 16 years of absence.
It is Renard’s first national team job in Asia,last year he ended Morocco’s 28 years absence from the FIFA World Cup by helping the North African nation qualify for the tournament.
Saudi Arabians around the World will expect Renard to at least take their Country to the next World in 2022 in Qatar.