31 January 2013

Zambia: Renard Slams CAF

ZAMBIA coach Herve Renard on Tuesday night launched a scathing attack on the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), claiming the continental body did not want the Chipolopolo to feature at the FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup.

Renard said CAF did not want the outgoing AFCON champions from playing in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil because the team was not "sexy enough."

The Frenchman was responding to a question from journalists during a post-match Press conference at Mbombela Stadium who wanted to know his views on CAF not allowing Zambia to have a play-off with the 2013 winners to have a chance to play at the Confederations Cup.

"I can give you an honest answer, CAF is happy that Zambia will not be playing at the Confederations Cup. I do not know, maybe Zambia is not sexy enough. That is the truth," Renard said.

The Frenchman said it was sad that CAF refused to accord the 2012 champions the opportunity to represent Africa at the Confederations Cup.

"It would have been fairer if the 2012 and 2013 champions went on to represent the continent but I guess it never crossed their minds," he said.

On his future with the Chipolopolo, Renard said it was not up to him to decide but was confident that he had work to do with the team, especially with the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers coming up in March.

"It will be up to him to tell me what is next. He is a good administrator who acts like a former player and head of FAZ and not like a fan and I believe he would act accordingly and we shall move on from there," Renard said.

Renard said some of his players might not have been at their best but that he was happy to have a skilful squad, though that the team needs to be more efficient in front of goal.

He said there might be need to change the style of play as many have become accustomed to the Chipolopolo kind of play to avoid what happened at the AFCON tournament.

He also shouldered blame for the Chipolopolo's exit, saying if there was anyone to take the blame then it would be him and not the players.

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