Morocco head coach at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations Harve Renard has thrown the first dagger heading into the Group D tie against South Africa Cup at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Monday 1st July.
In 2016, Renard quit his job as Ivory Coast’s coach after he had won his second AFCON title and he was approached by the South African football Association (SAFA).
But they failed to secure him as a potential replacement of Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba who was sacked in December 2016
“Am I am not cheap,” Renard said in the post-match press conference on Sunday before adding.
“So if you want me one day [laughs]‚ you know it before. Now‚ if you want to bring a coach without experience‚ maybe it’s a very good coach‚ it’s up to them [Safa]. This is not my [issue].”
“I think it’s not fair for me to talk‚ if someone from the federation talked about that. Normally they don’t have to go to the newspaper,” Renard told www.timeslive.co.za.
When Renard joined Morocco, he immediately guided them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia something Mashaba’s predecessors, Stuart Baxter didn’t achieve with South Africa.
One would think being well versed with African football and winning two Nations Cup trophies is what has made Hervé Renard an expensive coach compared to other coaches.
Having secured a place in the last 16 of this year’s tournament already, Renard’s charges go into the tie against South Africa needing only a single point to finish on top of group D.
Bafana Bafana are tied up with Ivory Coast on three points but seat in third position because they lost their head to head tie against the Elephants by a goal to nil.
To be sure of qualification, South Africa will need to play for a must-win as they hope for a favourable result in the Ivory Coast versus Namibia game.