Saturday Jan 28, 2017. 12:30
Ahead of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal clash against Egypt on Saturday, Morocco coach Herve Renard says he hopes the fallen Zambian heroes are watching over him.
The French mentor was in charge of Chipolopolo when they lifted the 2012 CAF AFCON trophy in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Renard is now chasing his third AFCON trophy as he also led the Elephants of Ivory Coast to a successful run in 2015.
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However, it is now reported by Zambian websites that Renard wants to dedicate this year's qualification into the quarterfinals to Zambian players and officials who died in the 1993 air crash in Gabon.
“A day before the game (against Ivory Coast), one journalist asked me: ‘Do you think the rain is a blessing for Morocco?,” Renard is quoted.
“I said to him, I hope it is a blessing and it is coming from the sky from the Zambians who died in Gabon in 1993 - I believe on it (rain).
“Thanks to them (fallen heroes), may God stay with all of us along the road to victory.”
The North Africans dispatched champions Ivory Coast on Tuesday to finish as Group C runners-up with six points, one behind leaders Democratic Republic of Congo, who beat Togo 3-1.
Meanwhile, the Moroccan side last qualified for the AFCON last eight in 2004 and they went on to face Tunisia in the final, but lost 1-0.
Morocco will now face the Pharaohs on Saturday at 18:00 as they want to reach the semifinals.