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Mustapha Hadji praises Hervé Renard ahead of Egypt clash

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Former Moroccan legend and current team assistant manager Mustapha Hadji has praised Hervé Renard’s influence on the team and it’s progress so far in the tournament.

The 45-years-old was interviewed with Moroccan website Al Btola as he talked about Hervé Renard and their next game against Egypt in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We have a good manager, he does the basics very well in encouraging the players and lifting their spirits,” the former Aston Villa forward said.

“He has restored their confidence again and we thank him for that. All the work we’ve done is paying off now and this is just the start.”

When asked about their upcoming clash with Egypt on Sunday he replied: “Since they’ve never beaten us, I think we have the upper hand and considering the loads of confidence we have at the moment, we will be getting a positive result out of this match.

“We just have to keep tabs on our fitness levels because it’s not easy to lose the first match and then win the next two, it requires hard work that consumes you both physically and mentally,” Hadji added.

Morocco will face Egypt on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, where the victor faces the winner of the clash between Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

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