The CAN Orange 2013 Organizing Committee in its last meeting held February 4th 2013 in Johannesburg examined the case of the National team coach of Zambia Mr. Herve Renard, concerning the offending comments he made against CAF on The Sunday Times newspaper following the match Burkina Faso vs. Zambia, played in Mbombela on 29/01/2013 as well as the letters of apology sent by his association and himself.
The Organizing committee accepted the apology of the coach, however, in in order to ensure the non-repetition of such behavior which tarnishes the image of CAF and its officials, the Committee decided to issue M. Renard a warning and impose a suspended fine of 10.000 US dollars upon him, provided no repetition of such behavior occur within the coming year.
Herve Renard claimed that the Confederation of African Football is probably happy that his team won’t be representing the continent at this year’s Confederations Cup — because it is “not sexy enough.”
Zambia was knocked out of the African Cup of Nations by a 0-0 draw with Burkina Faso in its final group match, surrendering its continental title after less than a year and forfeiting its chance to represent Africa in the World Cup warm-up tournament in Brazil.
“To be honest with you I think that CAF is very happy because Zambia is not going to play the Confederations Cup,” the Frenchman said after his team failed to secure the win it needed on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals.
“Because (they think) Zambia is not sexy enough to go to the Confederations … it’s the truth.” Short of retaining its title in South Africa, Zambia’s reign was always destined to be the shortest yet after CAF switched the African Cup to odd years and played it back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.