French-born Moroccan coach, Herve Renard has relinquished his role as coach of the Moroccan National team. The two-time AFCON winning coach made the decision after his side’s lackluster performance in the second round at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations, in which fellow North-African neighbors Algeria were eventually crowned champions.
Having won all games in their group, big things were expected of the North African giants, who fielded a host of top footballing stars, but the god of soccer wasn’t their friend. They lost a penalty on the stroke of 90mins of regulation time and went into extra time, before losing out to the Benin Republic on penalties as his hopes of winning a third Afcon title in Egypt were shattered.
The French tactician who has previously won the competition with Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coach in 2015, made known his plans to social media. He said “It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life,” he also said he was “not without some emotion and sadness”, adding: “It is an inevitable decision taken well before Afcon 2019.
In his years as coach of the Atlas Lions, he took them from 81st to the 47th position on the Fifa rankings, after leading the side to two Afcon tournaments and the 2018 world cup in Russia, after 20 years of absence in the global event.
We wish him well in his future endeavors.