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Akwa backs Angola coach Amaral

Herve Renard
Frenchman Herve Renard surprisingly quit after just six months in the job

Former international Akwa believes new coach Zeca Amaral is the right man to take charge of Angola following Herve Renard's resignation.

The Frenchman surprisingly quit earlier this week, just days ahead of the Palancas Negras' 2012 Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea-Bissau.

"Amaral knows the players well and will do a good job," Akwa told BBC Sport.

"He is the right man because he has been working with the national players for a long time."

Amaral has worked this year under both Manuel Jose, who led Angola at January's Nations Cup, as well as the Frenchman Renard.

Although no reasons have been divulged for his departure, Renard was under pressure following the Palancas Negras' disastrous start to 2012 qualifying.

The former Zambia coach lost 3-0 to Uganda in his first game in Group J last month but his departure was still unexpected.

"I think he left because of the result in Uganda but there may be other problems behind the scenes as I've heard some rumours," Akwa added without specifying.

"His resignation was a big surprise for all of us as he only signed a contract six months ago and he was preparing a team for 2012."

During his brief stint, Renard helped Angola secure a maiden qualification for next year's African Nations Championship in Sudan, a Nations Cup-style competition for Africa-based players.

Angola host Guinea-Bissau this weekend with the Palancas Negras lying bottom of their group on goal difference.

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see also
Uganda outclass Angola in Kampala
04 Sep 10 |  African
Angola appoint Renard as coach
08 Apr 10 |  African

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