Ex-Downs star in Renard's Dream XI


Two-time African Cup of Nations winning manager Herve Renard has included a former Mamelodi Sundowns star in his best XI that he's coached over his career.

Renard, 51, won the 2012 AFCON with Zambia and the 2015 edition with Ivory Coast but also had stints with Angola and Morocco.

While his biggest career achievement was leading the Chipolopolo to a shock Nations Cup triumph, the bulk of the squad he selected in conversation with Juliet Bawuah was surprisingly from his assistant coaching role with Ghana.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Renard's Dream XI in a 3-5-1-1 formation

Renard served as the second in command under legendary head coach Claude le Roy at the Black Stars, which was his first foray into African football in 2007.

Not a single player from the Zambia squad made his list, while Morocco talisman Hakim Ziyech was another notable absentee.

With Richard Kingson as goalkeeper, the rest of the Ghana contingent includes former captain John Mensah, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan.

From his spell with Ivory Coast, one of the members of his squad from the 2015 title win, Siaka Tiene, starred in the PSL between 2003 and 2005 with Sundowns before earning a move to Ligue 1 with AS Saint-Etienne.