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Renard Morocco Should Play Argentina Like It Did Against Portugal Spain

Rabat – The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, has discussed all the recent developments regarding his Atlas Lions. Renard also spoke about the future and Morocco’s friendly game against Argentina this month. “We are going to have to do the same things as we did against Portugal and Spain at the 2018 World Cup,” said Renard in an interview with CAFOnline. Renard is expecting his Atlas Lions to give the same performances they did during the 2018 World Cup. In the group stage of the World Cup, the Moroccan team played two decisive games against Spain and Portugal.Read Also: 2019 CAN: Egypt, Senegal Are Renard’s Favorites to Win Moroccans showed determination and high spirit during the two games, even after their unexpected defeat in the first game of the 2018 World Cup against Iran.“If we are at our level, we can compete. While knowing that they have an alien named Lionel Messi who makes everything change. It is an exceptional match in a career and for Morocco. I am sure the players will all be motivated,” the coach said.Renard also talked about Moroccan-Dutch footballer Oussama Idrissi, who recently announced his decision to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.“My greatest satisfaction is to have met a very professional player during our last internship. I was impressed by his rigour and his sense of collective spirit,” said Renard of Idrissi.He added that Idrissi’s decision was “very good news.”“It is up to him to impose himself now,” Renard added.Speaking about the Morocco-Malawi qualifier game for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), Renard said that the game will be an opportunity for field time for “some players who have not worn the national team jersey much.”He added that the game might be also an opportunity to “collect points for the FIFA ranking. It is always difficult to play in Malawi.”The Atlas Lions have already qualified for the continental championship. However, the latest monthly FIFA ranking showed Morocco losing three places, now sitting at 43rd place out of all national football teams, with 1,440 points.Renard still would not bet on Morocco winning CAN 2019.“By showing 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 great country.” Renard previously won CAN in 2012 when he was coaching the Zambian national team.He added that he would rather “not be a braggart for Morocco but make the opponents fall on the field.”Renard also expressed gratitude for receiving the Confederation of African Football Coach of the Year Award.“It’s an honor because it is the third time I’ve won it since 2008.” read more

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Richard Pybus set to become West Indies head coach

Richard Pybus during his spell with Bangladesh AFPESPNcricinfo– Richard Pybus, West Indies’ high performance director, has agreed to take up the role of head coach full-time, replacing the interim coach Nic Pothas.Pybus’ contract, ESPNcricinfo understands, will effectively run until the 2019 Test series against India, which follows the ODI World Cup in England.The position of West Indies head coach had been vacant since Stuart Law resigned from the position less than two years into his job.He left West Indies to take up a four-year contract with the English county team Middlesex. Originally the fielding coach, Pothas was made interim head coach for the recent tour of Bangladesh that followed Law’s exit. West Indies lost Test and ODI series 2-0 and 2-1 respectively, and won the T20Is 2-1.Pybus took over as high performance director in February, his role requiring him to work alongside selectors and coaches across all levels of the game in the Caribbean. He had previously served as West Indies’ director of cricket from 2013 to the end of 2016, when he chose not to renew his contract.Pybus’ return to West Indies cricket wasn’t welcomed by everyone. The former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes questioned the process of appointing him – “It would be great to ask the [CWI] president [Dave Cameron] about this appointment and when was this position advertised,” he wrote in a Facebook post.Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies when Pybus was director of cricket, expressed disbelief at his return. “Lies lies lies… Must be fake news,” Sammy tweeted, and a day later, in response to a reply: “Well I’m still hoping that nightmare is not true #fakenews he’s not coming back at CWI.”Pybus’ stint as director of cricket was controversial – he was responsible for the policy that made participation in West Indies’ domestic competitions mandatory for international selection across formats. This was in part responsible for a number of senior players choosing to focus solely on playing T20 leagues around the world.Before his stints with West Indies, Pybus coached Pakistan – taking them to the final of the 1999 World Cup – and Bangladesh apart from a number of domestic teams around the world, working extensively in South Africa at the franchise level.His last stint with an international team, Bangladesh, ended up lasting only five months after a disagreement over the terms of his contract in 2012. Last year, he was also shortlisted and interviewed for the role of India coach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”Floyd Reifer takes over from Richard Pybus as West Indies interim coachApril 12, 2019In “latest news”Lewis slams Pybus’ Windies appointment, says due process not followedJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news” read more