Morocco dreams of winning the second African Cup in its history. Is Hervé Renard able to lead the Lions to the coronation? In any case, the task will not be easy on the lands of the Pharaohs according to the French technician. The national coach, who delivered an interview to the official website of the CAF, is wary of several teams.
“With humility, it’s very difficult to win a CAN and I know what I’m talking about. Statistically, football lovers know that Egypt is a big country. Even more when you can count on Mohamed Salah. And even more at home with strong popular support. It will be very difficult for all their opponents. Which team possesses today individual qualities like Senegal of Sadio Mané or Koulibaly? Let’s also not forget the Ivory Coast of Nicolas Pépé and Serge Aurier, the defending Cameroonian champions or Nigeria. I prefer not to ignite for Morocco and make the opponents fall on the ground”.
The white wizard is optimistic, but prefers to remain realistic. The opponents cited by Renard have indeed the capacity to stop the dreams of Morocco.
However, before getting down to business, a highly anticipated friendly match awaits the national team against Argentina. Hervé Renard believes in the chances of his men and believes that they can compete against the teammates of Lionel Messi.
“We will have to do the same benefits as against Portugal and Spain at the 2018 World Cup. If we are at our level, we can compete. All knowing that they have an alien named Lionel Messi who can change everything. It’s an exceptional match in a career. I’m sure the players will all be motivated,” he said.
Three days before the match, the Lions face Malawi in a non-starring match, counting for the final day of the 2019 CAN playoffs. This will be the time to give players a chance to play who have not worn much the national jersey, explains Hervé Renard. The coach also said that new names will be present, such as Yunis Abdelhamid and Osama Idrissi.
“Abdelhamid managed to win despite the transition from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1. Not only he holds, but he became a centerpiece of this team Reims. Congratulations to him, he will be a valuable contribution to Morocco. I was impressed by the rigor and sense of El Idrissi’s collective as well. He has a lot of qualities and should evolve in a club even more important than currently. That’s very good news! It’s up to him now.”
Hervé Renard is therefore cautious but ambitious. The draw for the CAN will take place on April 4 in Cairo.