Sunday, 23 October 2011


The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has settled  for Herve Renards  as Zambia National Soccer Team Coach to replace Italian coach Dario Bonetti.
Bonetti was dismissed on October 10, after guiding Zambia to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nationals finals slated for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
According to a press statement issued to ZANIS by FAZ in Lusaka yesterday, the decision to re appoint Renard was reached during an executive emergency meeting on Thursday night and he will be offered a one- year contract and will be assisted by physical trainer Patrice Beaumelle while Honour Janza will be part of the technical staff.
FAZ Communication Manager Erick Mwanza, said FAZ was confident  that  under Mr Renard  the national team would effectively compete for the title.
Mwanza called on soccer fans to rally behind Renard and support the national team as it prepares for the Africa cup of nations slated for 2012.
The 42-year-old Frenchman joined the Chipopolo in 2008 after serving as an assistant to the then Ghana coach Claude Leroy.
But he quit the Chipolopolo post last year to coach Angola despite leading Zambia into its first Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final in 14 years.
He guided the Zambian soccer players to a third place finish in the maiden African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Ivory Coast in 2009.
Italian coach Bonetti succeeded him after being appointed in July last year on a two-year contract.

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