Morocco head coach Hervé Renard
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017. 14:30
Morocco coach Herve Renard says he respects Cote d'Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer and he did not want to eliminate the Elephants.
The Atlas Lions bagged a 1-0 win over the reigning champions in their final Group C, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tie on Tuesday night.
A solitary goal through substitute Rachid Alioui ensured Morocco are in the quarter-finals as they downed the 2015 champions who finished third in group.
“I told the players during half time that if we continue like that we shall go out,” he said in his post match interview.
“It was not enough in the first half. We were scared of Ivory Coast. When you are scared of your opponent, you cannot achieve anything.
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“The objective was not to knock Ivory Coast out of the tournament. I want to remind you that this conference is not a court. I have known Dussuyer for a long time.
“You have to show politeness to Dussuyer. I was in the same situation. At the same time, you were the same people dancing. Be polite with him because later, you were the same people dancing with me.
“I think that my feeling was that I was very lucky in this Nations Cup,” he adds.
“I do not know why. There is one spirit. I know where it is coming from. We have to continue. We have to go far.”
Morocco will now face the either the Black Stars of Ghana or the Egyptian Pharaohs in their quarter-final match-up on Sunday evening.