Moroccan football fans are excited to see their national team return to the World Cup tournament after a 20-year absence, and Renard has been working to keep the hope alive.
“Everyone knows that the task will not be easy, but we will devote all our efforts to bring Morocco back to the final phase after twenty years of absence,” the coach said in an interview with FIFA.com.
Morocco will play against Gabon on October 7 in Casablanca’s Mohammed VI stadium.
The Frenchman said that the team must repeat its performance against Mali in Rabat, when the Moroccan team won the match with an overwhelming 6-0 victory.
“We’ll be playing in Casablanca, where the atmosphere will be white hot, and we need to put ourselves in the best possible position before we go to the Côte d’Ivoire on November 6,” added Renard.
The coach has also warned his squad to expect a strong team, explaining that Gabon is a “solid” opponent. “They are not the most balanced team there is, but they do have some superb players, like [Didier] Ndong and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyan.”
The team’s position has improved over last year, said Renard. “We’re in a better situation now than we were in September.” He added that although the Moroccan team had two tough games against Mali, his squad managed to come through, according to FIFA.
The coach also called for Moroccan footbal fans to support the squad like they did against Mali at home. “I am sure that the atmosphere will be even hotter for the Gabon game in Casablanca. If we want to win the game, then we need to start on the front foot,” stressed Renard.
In September, Renardcalled up 26 footballers for their decisive match against the Gabonese team.