“I’m the chosen one! I am the only one, I am Africa’s chosen coach.” – Zambia coach Herve Renard.
There is much to love about Zambia winning the 2012 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, with many across the globe moved by the significance of their title win just miles away from where their entire national team was wiped out in 1993.
We may well wonder how Ivory Coast failed to win the tournament with a star studded team and Zambia rode their luck in the final but goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene was inspired and their team work and organisation shone through.
Arguably their star man was coach Herve Renard, who looked dapper on the touchline and produced a number of insane moments during and after the epic final.
The 43-year-old coach previously took Zambia to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in 2010 and returned to take charge of the “The Copper Bullets” in October 2011.
On Sunday night, during the final, Renard produced some insane moments, more in keeping with Jose Mourinho’s antics and it would be no surprise to see him given a much bigger job in club football in Europe or on the international stage.
He may though of course be tempted to defend Zambia’s new crown with the competition taking place again in a year’s time.
During the match, Renard looked calm on the touchline but during the 90 minutes he had a bizarre run in with one of his own players, as he slapped defender Davies Nkausu.
In extra-time, just after Zambia had hit the post, the tension appeared to get to Renard as he shouted at the referee in French “Tu as peur” (“are you afraid”).
Following the penalty shoot-out, Renard really came into his own. The former Cambridge United boss (in 2004) produced what could turn out to be the defining image of the tournament as he carried out injured Zambia captain Joseph Musonda to celebrate the AFCON win.
And finally, we saw the fine relationship between Renard and his players after Zambia were crowned champions of Africa as he led his players in a traditional dance.
So, where next for Renard? Well the the England and now Wolves jobs are available!