Zambia coach asks for contract extension, praises Ghana's Essien

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 9 Sep 2013

Herve Renard is ready to lead Zambia in the qualifiers for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco despite failing to reach the 2014 World Cup playoffs

Herve Renard
Zambia's coach Herve Renard (Photo: Reuters)

Zambia coach Herve Renard has revealed that he is ready to continue leading the team through the Morocco 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers despite the team's exit from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The Chipolopolo are out of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers following a 2-1 away loss to Ghana in Kumasi and placing second in Group D with 11 points, four behind winners Ghana.

"No, I won’t start the qualifiers (Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers) if I don’t extend my contract," Renard was quoted as saying on Supersport on Monday.

"It’s not necessary, it’s better to have a contract during the period of the qualifiers, if it’s not the case, it’s better to start with someone else," he added.

The 44-year-old is under pressure as pundits in Zambia claim he is close to leaving the team after failing to reach the 2014 World Cup qualifiers playoff and the January CAF Champions League in South Africa.

Renard's contract with Zambia is to expire in mid-2014 so he asked at a meeting with the Zambia Football Association to speak about a contract extension.

"We have to talk about a lot of things because it’s important, because I want to improve and in our part we have to improve about a lot of things especially about organisation," Renard concluded.

The Zambia coach praised the performance of Ghana midfielder Michael Essien after the two sides' game in the World Cup qualifiers.

"I don’t have a lot of experience but I've never coached or trained with a fantastic player like him (Essien)," he told GHANAsoccernet.

"During my time in Ghana I realised why some players are different. Essien was an amazing player and a great man.

"I think we have to call him ‘sir’. It would have been better for us if he was in London (with laughs)," the tactician said.

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