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Renard quits as Zambia coach

Zambia coach Herve Renard
Herve Renard guided Zambia to their first quarter-final in 14 years

Frenchman Herve Renard has ended his stay as the coach of Zambia.

The 41-year-old ended his contract with the Chipolopolo on Tuesday with two months remaining on the deal.

The Frenchman quit despite leading the team into their first Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final in 14 years.

"Renard handed in his letter of intent to be excused as he stated his desire to pursue other professional interests elsewhere," Zambia FA (FAZ) spokesman Eric Mwanza said in a statement.

"FAZ and Renard therefore amicably agreed on the way forward.

"In view of this development, FAZ's consultations and efforts to have him extend his contract have since been suspended.

"Physical trainer Patrice Beaumelle will also not be staying in the job."

Herve had been linked with several national teams in Africa since leading the Chipolopolo to the last eight of the Cup of Nations in Angola in January.

The Frenchman joined the Chipopolo in 2008 after serving as an assistant to the then Ghana coach Claude Leroy.

He guided the Zambians to an third place finish in the maiden African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Ivory Coast last year.

Herve coached in France, Vietnam, China and England, before teaming up with Le Roy in Ghana.

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