Is ‘Lucky’ Renard the best coach in Africa?


Hervé Renard on Sunday became the first coach to claim two AFCON trophies with two different teams. The ever calm and collected Frenchman won his second AFCON trophy in 3 years having led Zambia to glory in 2012.

Ivory Coast’s two AFCON titles have both been won against Ghana on penalties and Renard who also won against Ivory Coast on penalties 3 years ago admitted that they were lucky and he’s a lucky coach. “We are lucky, we were down 0-2 and we came back from behind,” the Frenchman told Supersport at the end of the match.

“The two teams were tired after five games. It’s coming from God, but you have to be strong. It’s like in 1992. I believe in history and I am a lucky coach,” Renard added, before paying tribute to Ivoirian legend Didier Drogba who retired from international duties last summer.

“It’s a shame Drogba is not here. He deserves it. You don’t achieve something in just one month. The team spirit made the difference.”

Winning a trophy with an African team is not a child’s play and Renard has done the magic twice in three years with seeming ease.

Is he head and shoulder above other coaches on the continent?

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