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Renard Steps Down As Zambia Coach

Herve Renard has been released by Zambia to take over as coach of French Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux.

The Frenchman had two stints as coach of Zambia and led them to their first African Cup of Nations title in 2012.

 Chipolopolo have however struggled this year having failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and also had a disappointing African Nations Cup where they could not defend their title.

"Herve Renard has been released from the job of national coach of the Zambian national football team,” the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said in an official statement.

"He has been offered a wonderful opportunity at FC Sochaux in the top league in France... FAZ and Herve have consulted and it has been agreed not to stand in his way.”

"It is a compliment for a coach working in Africa to be head-hunted by a top European club. It makes us proud to be able to take ownership of Herve's rise as a successful international coach.”

"FAZ wishes to thank Renard for his dedication to duty, hard work, proficiency and wish him well as he takes up his new coaching job."

The 45 year old coach will be replaced by his former assistant Patrice Beaumelle in the interim and the new coach will be in charge for the friendly against Brazil in Beijing on 15 October.

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