12 May 2013

Africa: Keshi and Renard Speak At Can Symposium Second Day

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Official soccer ball

The symposium for the analysis of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2012 and 2013 resumed for the second day in Cairo, Egypt. The second day started with a session including Stephen Keshi, coach of Nigeria, Herve Renard Zambia coach and three football committee members, Ben Koufie (Ghana), Mohamed Abdullah Mazda (Sudan) and Mallouche Belhassan (Tunisia).

At the beginning CAF technical director Abdul Menaem Hussein (Shatta) presented coach Keshi as the second African to win the Cup of Nations as player and coach, after Egypt's late Mahmoud El Gohary who achieved the feat as a player in 1959 and coach in 1998. Keshi repeated the feat after 15 years as he won CAN as a player in 1994 and as a coach in 2013.

The second day witnessed the arrival of Sabri Lamouchi (coach of Cote d'Ivoire), Claude Le Roy (coach of DR Congo), Paul Put (coach of Burkina Faso) and Abdul Rahman Mohamed (Coach of Comoros) to join other coaches and technical directors. The session discussed Nigeria and Zambia success in the 2013 and 2012 editions being crowned as champions respectively. Keshi highlighted the importance of depending on local based players as they are on the same level of development as the abroad based ones. Renard said that 5 of his team members that was crowned Champions in 2012 had part with Zambia who finished 3rd at the CHAN 2009.

On another area Keshi urged African Federations to give the chance for local coaches from Africa, delivering a message "Believe in African coaches". Koufie said that it's much easier for coaches to coach in Europe than in Africa. Keshi told the audience that in Nigeria's game against Cote D'Ivoire in CAN 2013 quarter final, one of the players said "Keshi will kill us" after Cote d'Ivoire scored the equalizer into the game. But he told his players "enjoy football, and do your best even if you lost", highlighting the importance of players' motivation in football. Renard highlighted his career with Zambia, finishing third in CHAN 2009, losing quarter finalist at CAN 2010, losing on penalties to Nigeria, then Champions of CAN 2012.

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