Zambia Leaves Herves

Herve-RenardThe Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) yesterday announced the release of Herve Renard from his position as coach of Zambian following his appointment as coach at top French League side, Sochaux.

FAZ spokesman, Eric Mwanza, said in the statement that “FAZ and Herve have consulted and it has been agreed not to stand in his way. It is a compliment for a coach working in Africa to be head-hunted by a top European Club. It makes us proud to be able to take ownership of Herve’s rise as a successful international coach.”

“FAZ wishes to thank Renard for his dedication to duty, hard work, proficiency and wish him well as he takes up his new coaching job.”

“Following the departure of Renard, Assistant Coach Patrice Beaumelle will take charge of the Chipolopolo starting with the international assignment against Brazil in Beijing next week Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ”

Herve Renard led Zambia to the 2012 Nations Cup title in Gabon and had previously taken them to the quarter-finals at the Angola 2010 Afcon. He had also served as Ghana’s assistant coach to Claude Leroy and also as Coach of Angola.

Sochaux parted ways with their manager Eric Hely earlier and Herve faced tough competition from former Stade Rennes boss Frederic Antonini, before he was given the post.

Renard failed to qualify Zambia for the final play-off stages of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifer after losing 2-1 to Ghana in Kumasi.

Renard left his duties as Zambia manager in early April 2010 with only two months remaining on his contract. Two days later, he agreed to become manager of Angola. He resigned from his position as Angola manager in early October 2010, and was replaced by Zeca Amaral.

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