Ivory Coast’s Bid to ‘Borrow’ Herve Renard as Coach for Afcon 2023 Rejected by France

Ivory Coast’s bold move to enlist the services of former coach Herve Renard for the remaining matches of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations has been thwarted. Renard, currently managing France Women, was sought by the Ivorian federation for a temporary arrangement, but the French Football Federation (FFF) declined the proposed “loan” deal.

Despite reaching the knockout stages after dismissing manager Jean-Louis Gasset due to two defeats in the group stage, the Elephants were unsuccessful in securing Renard’s return. Renard, who led Ivory Coast to the Afcon title in 2015, was the first coach to achieve victory with two different countries, having previously guided Zambia to success three years earlier.

Renard, attending the Afcon as a guest of Ivory Coast’s government, expressed openness to the Ivorians’ call. However, the FFF, confirming its rejection to the AFP news agency, pointed out that Renard is contracted until the end of the Olympic Games in Paris this year. Additionally, Les Bleus have a Uefa Women’s Nations League semi-final against Germany on February 23 in Lyon.

After Ivory Coast’s 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in the final Group A match, the heaviest defeat suffered by a host nation in Afcon history, Gasset was relieved of his duties. Emerse Fae, a former international player, has taken over in an interim capacity and will lead the Elephants against Senegal in Yamoussoukro on Monday at 20:00 GMT.


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