Herve Renard during a French Ligue 1 soccer match (ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA)
Frenchman Herve Renard was named as Morocco coach on Tuesday, returning to African football in which he has enjoyed considerable success.
The 47-year-old, who won the African Nations Cup with Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast last year, has been tasked with leading the north African country to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He replaces Badou Ezaki who resigned last week.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed coach of Morocco’s national team. We have a busy schedule,” Renard told a news conference in Rabat on Tuesday.
The team have won their opening two qualifiers for the next African Nations Cup.
“We must continue on this path, hoping that Moroccan football can hoist its colours at the highest level in Africa, and also represent the continent at the World Cup.”
Renard became Zambia coach in 2008 and took the team to the Nations Cup quarter-finals in Angola two years later. They were bundled out in a penalty shootout by Nigeria but Renard got a lucrative offer to stay on in Angola as their coach.
He took charge of Zambia again in late 2011 and months later they were crowned African champions.
Renard coached Sochaux in Ligue 1 and almost lifted them clear of relegation, only to lose at home on the last day of the season in 2014 and go down.
After the World Cup in Brazil, he was appointed as Ivory Coast coach and took them to a long-awaited Nations Cup triumph.
He left to coach Lille in Ligue 1 but was fired in November after 13 matches in charge.
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