In a post match press conference, Renard discussed his team’s first CAN 2019 performance and applauded Namibia’s coach and his team for their performance.
Rabat – Head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, told reporters that the first match of a tournament is always tough. “What happened today proves this” explained Renard after the Atlas Lions game against Namibia on Sunday, June 24.
He also congratulated Namibia and their coach Ricardo Mannetti for his team’s performance. The game against Namibia was the team’s first match in the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019 tournament.
Morocco won Sunday’s game thanks to a late own goal scored by Itamuna Kemuine, giving Morocco a three points.
Morocco’s next CAN match will be against Ivory Coast on Friday, June 28.
“We face Cote d’Ivoire next and we have to get ready for that important match,” Renard said.
In addition to his comment on the performance, Renard also expressed surprise at the lack of water breaks during the game.
“Why were the players not allowed to drink during the first half and the second half? How is it possible?” Renard said.
Renard referred to the decision of the referee to not to provide players with ‘minutes off’ for water, amid soaring weather in Egypt.
“I was very surprised. Strange. If you play football you know you need to drink something, especially after 20 to 25 minutes.”
He called on organizers to “think” about the players.