Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard is allegedly reported set to join South Africa top side Orlando Pirates after Zambia bowed out of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Kumasi yesterday, sources close to the two parties have disclosed.
Renard is reported to have told close associates that talks between the two parties were underway and that the result in Kumasi in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier was crucial to determining progress on the issue.
The Frenchman has not hidden his farewell message after hinting that the African Nations Championship (CHAN) defeat against Zimbabwe that subsequently eliminated Zambia from the 2014 edition was his last match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
“If Zambia loses in Kumasi, Renard is out. He may stay for the knockout if the team makes it but he has already told people to start counting him out,” the source said.
In South Africa, sources at Pirates have said the Frenchman has engaged people to represent his discussion with one of the top clubs in the Premier Soccer League and so far, things look bright for both parties.
But Pirates spokesperson Mickey Modise in an interview with bolazambia website said that issues of negotiations between parties was never discussed until they were concluded.
“Issues of talks between the club, players and officials are not discussed before conclusion. When we agree about the terms, that is when we can talk to the media,” he said.
Asked if Pirates and Renard had so far discussed anything, Modise claimed; “No, I don’t know that name. I don’t know whether he exists or not. That’s my comment.”
But bolazambia.com sources have insisted that Renard and Pirates have reached an advanced stage in their discussion and that the Frenchman was sometimes frustrated with comments made top government officials.
Renard has not been happy since when Zambia was embarrassingly eliminated from the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and that it explains why the otherwise media friendly coach has shied away from interviews to avoid publicly hitting back.
Their frosty relationship hit the backroom spotlight after Zambia was eliminated by Zimbabwe with government top official storming the dressing to bullock the players and singled out Nkana striker Festus Mbewe.
Apparently, Renard was infuriated and defended the players telling the officials to heap the blame on him as coach and not the players.