RIYADH – Just after parting ways with Morocco as the national team coach earlier this month, Herve Renard has been appointed as the new boss of the Saudi Arabia football team.
The two-time CAF Africa Cup of Nations winner with Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire has found a new football job to lead the Al Suqour.
Despite helping the Atlas Lions to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 20 years, he stepped down following their Last 16 exit of AFCON 2019.
The North Africans lost to Benin on penalties after the Frenchman was given the mandate to lead the North African giants to the most coveted prize in African football.
In addition, media reports quickly surfaced linking Renard to the Senegal and Egypt coaching job, but the 50-year-old swiftly denied on his official social media accounts.
The French manager replaces Argentine’s Juan Antonio Pizzi and according to the Saudi Arabian publication Yabiladi, Renard has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF).
The 50-year-old manager has never been in charge of an Asian team and his new team is preparing for the second phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and are in Group D alongside Uzbekistan, Palestine, Yemen, and Singapore.