3 January 2013

Zambia: French Ratings Elate Renard

ZAMBIA soccer team coach Herve Renard has said he is honoured to be voted sixth in the 2012 French Coach-of-the-Year awards.

Renard said yesterday from Zambia's training camp in Johannesburg, South Africa, that the hard work of his coaching staff and the success of Chipolopolo had earned him recognition.

French Ligue One champions Montpellier trainer, Rene Girard was voted coach-of-the-year followed by Elie Baup and Remi Garde of Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon respectively.

"It is a big honour. It is because of the hard work of my staff and the fantastic performance of our players. Thank you to all. Now we are in 2013, it is a new challenge," Renard said.

Renard, winner of the Glo-CAF 2012 coach-of-the-year award, described Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger's voting card as the vote he was proud of the most.

Wenger, the 2008 France coach-of-the-year and did not make the top 10 last year, voted Renard second behind Girard, who guided Montpellier to a maiden French Ligue One title.

The Arsenal trainer once coached Renard in France.

The Chipolopolo trainer said the Orange 2012 Africa Cup victory still stands out as the most prestigious title he had won in his football career.

"Winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is the best award for me. There is nothing better than wining.

The replay of the final of the Africa Cup of Nations is on right now on SuperSport 4," he said.

Renard was also voted sixth best world-coach-of-the-year in the world football awards last month prior to clinching the Glo-CAF 2012 coach-of-the-year title.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema retained the Franch footballer-of-the-year award ahead of Bayern Munich midfielder, Frank Ribery.

The prestigious French football annual awards that have been running since the 1960s are organised by the France Football magazine, the publication behind the European Footballer of the year Awards (the Ballon d'Or).

December issue of France Football magazine publishes the player and coach of the year lists, one of France's most prestigiuos footballing awards.

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