Renard: Winning Is Not Important, Qualification Is

Renard: Winning Is Not Important, Qualification Is

African champion coach Herve Renard says the most important thing in Zambia’s clash against Uganda on Saturday was qualification to the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The gaffer looked calm but declared his sqaud ready
“Winning is not important in the game tomorrow. The most important thing is to be in the draw of the Africa Cup. The most important thing is to be qualified otherwise you are not part of the most important part of African football,” Renard told journalists in a conference at the Sheraton in Kampala.

“I know, my players and my staff will do the maximum because we know what the Africa Cup is and we don’t want to miss it,” he said.

On Uganda’s record of not having lost a match for over years at the Nelson Mandela in Namboole, Renard said their record was not important because in the same period that they had maintained an unbeaten record, Uganda had not qualified to any Nations Cup finals tournaments which were held over the same period.

The gaffer looked calm but declared his sqaud ready

“You have the record but you still didn’t qualify,” Renard said.
He said the absence of Rainford Kalaba would be mitigated by the Team’s wonderful spirit and other squad members who have already filled his position.

” I wont tell you which team I will put out tomorrow (Saturday) but we have very disciplined players to make the difference tomorrow (Saturday). We need to know how to manage the high moment and the difficult moments of the game. But like I said, its the qualification we want here,” Renard said.

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16 Responses to "Renard: Winning Is Not Important, Qualification Is"

  1. Myself   October 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Zambia 1, Uganda 0.

  2. Zambian   October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Chipolopolo gooooooooooooo

  3. Dr.Phil   October 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Let’s just beat the heal out of uganda.All records are beatable!

  4. umutuntulu   October 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    chipolopolo chipolopolopo mukwai legooooooooooo………

  5. KABWE   October 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm


  6. irrational man   October 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    how can uganda stant in our way – it cant be

  7. wile   October 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Gooo Zambia goo!

  8. Lungowe   October 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    The boys will do well and I couldn’t agree more with the coach he’s right

  9. What a fox!   October 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Winning Is Not Important, Qualification Is-what a fox this Renard is!

  10. decipher   October 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    When I saw “sqaud” on the photo caption, I thought it was a typing error, but then I see it again in the story, I realise it wasn’t, just the authors poor spelling as usual, next time, please type it as “squad” okay Tumfweko? Say, Yes please! But that aside, Congrats to the BULLETS!!

  11. vuvuzela   October 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    ba tumfweko fakani nzelu to editing yo english.i always minimize my page when ever someone walks in the sharing a room with a malawian here in malaysia and he always makes fun of yo weird spelling errors

  12. Abakonzi   October 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

    If what Renard said here is what he told the players then he is a fackin idiott.@ What a fox man u are spot on,Winning is not important?What the fack is wrong with this guy.I wish his employers can teach him things to say publicly or just to shut up.Anyway Congrats to Chipolopo

  13. Tupac   October 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Enzo kamba vazoona even last time at Afcon final he said that winning is not about scoring and they didn’t score but won.Even yesterday they conceded but won without scoring.

  14. Abakonzi   October 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

    @Tupac man yes are right but for how long are we going to be playing a fluke.When u go to battle the aim is to win by eliminating yo enemy and the same principle shud apply in football.Let’s stop this football of mathematics of always saying if we draw here,then that teams loses there and that one wins then weshall qualify,come on.Play to win and win by scoring not lyonse afyama goal aggregates

  15. Zambian   October 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    @abakonzi, no need for heart aches, if u closely followed the interview the fox was spot on. Am a former international myself, in the quest to score more goals u may end up openning up n conceed goals which could have made it impossible for us to qualify.I like your ‘war’ analogy but may be useful for another day

  16. nams   October 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    players have become reluctant coz they feel are the only ones can do the best,in short there is no competition in the Zambian football. the coarch should not plead with players he suppose to tell them what do. however congrate for winning.