In a press conference held on Friday in Abidjan, the Frenchman said, “The equation is very simple, and we have to finish what we started,” referring to the decisive game between the Atlas Lions and the Ivorian Elephants.
The coach said that Saturday’s game “is like any other game, but it is very important because it gives you the opportunity to reach big things.”
Renard did not forget to address a gratitude message to the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) for helping him since taking office in 2016. “Since I arrived in Morocco two years ago, they have given me everything that a coach can dream of.”
He also extended thanks to FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa, as well as to the staff for their assistance.
“It is now up to me to finish the job in order to reward all the people who worked around me, and who did their utmost to make me express myself in the best conditions.”
Renard stressed that his main objective now is beating Cote d’Ivoire and book a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “Those who know me very well know that this is my top objective now.” He went on to add that “[this goal] has been always in my head, like a sound which resonates in my head and never wants to let go.”
The coach has called up 26 players for the Morocco-Ivory Coast game. While the Moroccan squad only needs a tie to book a place in the World Cup, Renard and his men are determined to achieve victory in Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet stadium.