As the 32nd edition of the Total Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Egypt on Friday, June 20th, one thing must be noted; Morocco and Herve Renard are highly rated.
The Frenchman comes to Egypt as the only manager out of the 24 who has ever won the converted silverware.
He is also the only coach to have won two AFCON titles with two different Countries Zambia (2012), Ivory Coast (2015).
In the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, there are only two coaches that have won three AFCON titles but these have done it with the same countries.
Ghanaian Charles Gyamfi won it thrice with Ghana in 1963,1965 and 1982 while Egyptian Hassan Shehata also won it thrice with Egypt in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Winning a third with a third different country would surely put Renard in a class of own in African football history.
Having joined the Atlas Lions in 2016, Renard didn’t have a good start with Morocco at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon as they exited at the quarter finals stage.
Holding all other factors constant, Renard is the best manager at this year’s tournament and one of the favourites to carry the crown home.
At this year’s tournament the Frenchman will be hoping to guide the Atlas Lions to their second AFCON their only African crown came at the 1976 edition in Ethiopia.
Morocco won’t be in action until June 23rd when they take on Namibia in their opener in Group D where they are pooled alongside Ivory Coast, South Africa and Namibia.