Former Zambia and Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard has set his hearts on winning the AFCON title with the Black Stars of Ghana.
The French trainer has had his name in the history of African football written in golden letters after guiding Zambia and Ivory Coast to AFCON glories in 2012 and 2015 respectively.
During all this periods, the master tactician eliminated Ghana in the 1/16 with Zambia in Equatorial Guinea 2012 before a marathon penalty shootout in 2015 saw Renard lifted the title from Ghana.
After Renard succeeding in attempts with the Chipolopolo and Elephants, Ghana’s failure to win the AFCON title continue over years.
Since 1982, Ghana have failed to lay hands on the AFCON title, reaching three finals in 1993, 2010 and 2015 after their last triumph in the African tournament 38 years ago.
The former Chipolopolo boss has now revealed himself as the man to guide Ghana to their first AFCON title in 38 years.
“Yes I have to come back one day to help one country to win. That country haven’t won it for a longer time and that is your country Ghana. I will love to win this feat with the Black Stars”, he told Ghana’s TV3.
Renard is not new in the history of Ghana’s coaching department. The French assisted countryman Claude Leroy to manage the Black Stars in the 2008 AFCON tournament hosted by Ghana.
Ghana who had prepared for host-and-win tournament was crushed out in the semifinals by Cameroon before beating Ivory for a third place.
After leading Ivory Coast to their first AFCON title since 1993 until 2015, Renard was appointed boss at Morocco.
But he failed to repeat his Zambia and Ivory Coast magic with the North Africans, eliminated in quarter-finals by Egypt and Benin in 1/16 in his two Moroccan AFCON campaigns.
Later in July 2019 he became manager of Saudi Arabia, the first French to do so. On 10 September 2019, he managed his first official match against Yemen in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, which ended with a surprising 2–2 draw.