It’s quite a contrast in fortunes for the two teams starting off Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations action. One team are perinnial underachievers with a coach seeking a hat-trick of titles. The other is a team who nobody expects much of and a coach who can take things a bit more easily.
Twice Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard is playing it cool ahead of his team’s opening match. His future with Morocco has been under scrutiny since long before the tournament began.
Renard, who is under contract until 2022, is the only coach to win the competition with two countries, and hopes to complete a hat-trick at this year’s finals with Morocco.
“I’ve experienced some great things with Morocco and it’s not over,” Renard said on the eve of his team’s tournament opener in Group D against rank outsiders Namibia in Cairo.
“I know that a lot is expected of me, a lot of us. We’re staying focused on the competition and then afterwards … I have nothing else to say during the tournament. I hope we’ll be together for as long as possible.”
France-born Renard led outsiders Zambia to the title in 2012 and triumphed again three years later with previously underachieving Ivory Coast.
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Additional reporting by TSA Staff, agencies and AFP.