From: ZANIS News <[email protected]>
We hope to win our World Cup Qualifying group, says Renard
Lusaka, May 14th, 2013, ZANIS —- Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard says his desire is to win the next two qualifiers and get to the final round of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
Zambia plays Lesotho and Sudan – both at Levy Mwanawasa stadium. Wins for the Qualifying Group D leaders will put Zambia on the verge of qualification from a pool that also has Ghana, Sudan and Lesotho.
And Renard has hailed the CAF symposium currently taking place in Cairo; stressing that the event was important for the development of the game on the continent.
The CAF symposium has brought together experts of the game who include the Zambia coach who is Africa's 2012 coach of the year, the 2012 World coach of the year Vicente del Bosque of Spain, Claude Le roy, Stephen Keshi, the winner of the Nations Cup of 2013 and other top trainers to analyze the last two editions of the continent’s showpiece.
The FAZ president, Kalusha Bwalya who is Executive Committee of CAF and chairman of the CAF Football Committee is also in Cairo for the symposium as is FAZ Technical Director Honour Janza.
Speaking to cafonline.com on the sidelines of the symposium, Renard said: It’s a great opportunity to be here in such a symposium. It’s a good chance to exchange ideas and memories with African national teams’ managers. I like being here."
Cafonline.com: Did you prefer to have a separate symposium for the 2012 edition?
Renard: Yes, it’s better to do it after each edition. But we know the time was short after switching the Cup of Nations agenda to be in odd years, so we understand why that was delayed.
Cafonline.com: How do you such events helping African football development?
Renard: These events help so much in spreading and developing the game across Africa. I’d like CAF to organize it on annual basis even if there were no tournaments in that year as it helps us the coaches to gather and exchange our experience together.
Cafonline.com: How do you rate African football influence on your career?
Renard: I guess my career has been hugely linked to Africa; I’m a popular figure in the continent now, thanks to my achievements with Zambia. I also had a small spell with Angola. I love being here in Africa.
Cafonline.com: How do you see Zambia’s chances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification?
Renard: Well, we lead our group now with a point more than Ghana. Our next two games are at home while Ghana has two successive away games. So let’s wait and see what happens. I hope we can win our group and qualify to the final knock out stage.]