Renard takes positives from difficult qualifiers

Cote d’Ivoire coach Herve Renard says they are a lot of positives to take from The Elephants untidy 2015 AFCON qualifying race.

The Elephant stumbled across the finish line to secure second spot in Group D and finished four points behind Cameroon who held them to a scoreless draw in Abidjan on Wednesday to close the qualifiers on 10 and 14 points respectively.

The draw was Cote d’Ivoire’s first in the qualifiers after picking up three wins and two losses en route to Equatorial Guinea..

“This qualification is no mere coincidence and shouldn’t be played down. Because there are no longer easy games in Africa. We needed only a point to get through. We did our job and I can only be happy about it,” Renard said.

“In football, you are not always rewarded after a good game. We had some very instructive matches and of a high level. We needed such opponents to allow our young team to move forward.

“We will go to the AFCON with Cameroon, and that’s the most important. But please note that I never enjoyed an easy qualification since I am a national coach. For the moment, I am personally enjoying this fifth consecutive qualification at the head of a national team.”

Renard has been to the Africa Cup final with Ghana in 2008 as assistant coach, Zambia three times in 2010 and 2012 when they lifted the title including 2013 when they failed to defend their crown