Morocco on Renard resignation reports

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has responded to reports that Morocco boss Herve Renard has resigned following the Atlas Lions' shock last-16 Africa Cup of Nations elimination against Benin.

Speculation regarding Renard's future has been rife since his side's exit from the tournament, when they suffered a 4-1 loss in a penalty shootout to Benin after the game had ended in a 1-1 stalemate after 120 minutes of action.

Boasting world-class talents in Medhi Benatia, Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech, among others, Morocco were billed as one of the favourites to clinch the Afcon title.

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After his team's underwhelming performance in Egypt, it was claimed that the two-time Afcon-winning coach had stepped down, but the FRMF has now denied these claims.

"The Royal Moroccan Football Federation denies the news that is currently being circulated about the resignation of Herve Renard from the training of the national team," a statement on the FRMF's official website read.

"It is worth mentioning that the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation held two meetings on Sunday and Monday with Mr Renard to evaluate the participation of the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt."

Before taking charge of the North African outfit, Renard managed Angola, Zambia and Ivory Coast, and guided both Chipolopolo and The Elephants to Afcon triumph in 2012 and 2015.

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