Morocco coach Herve Renard heaps praise on Malawi after draw in Blantyre

The two-time Afcon winning coach will face his former side, Ivory Coast, following their victory over Namibia in scorching temperatures

Morocco coach Herve Renard has hailed Malawi’s resilience after the goalless draw in Blantyre.

The Atlas Lions had already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals but Renard still fielded a strong squad against Malawi in a Group B match.

After being restricted to a goalless draw, the Frenchman praised Malawi for a brave show as his side avoided an away defeat.

“Most of the time it is direct football. The (Malawi) strikers are very fast and fight a lot. They never give up so it was a tough team to face. It was my fourth time to visit Malawi.

"I think the coach is doing a good job. I think you should continue the same way. I was in Zambia, it was like this, step-by-step,” Renard was quoted as saying by Cafonline.

Malawi ended their qualifying campaign in third position with six points off Group B leaders Morocco.

Renard's Morocco will now shift attention to Tuesday’s international friendly match against Argentina in Tanger.