MOROCCO COACH RE­NARD WANTS HIS FRINGE PLAY­ERS TO BE READY

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - 2018 WORLD CUP -

ST. PETERS­BURG, RUS­SIA Morocco has waited 20 years to re­turn to the World Cup and coach Hervé Re­nard is urg­ing his fringe play­ers to make the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity on the world stage.

“Maybe you only play five min­utes,” Re­nard said on Thursday, “but they can be the most im­por­tant five min­utes for your coun­try and your team.”

He will not tol­er­ate fringe play­ers moan­ing about lack of play­ing time.

“There’s al­ways a bit of frus­tra­tion when you’re part of a squad, but you have to work hard and wait for your chance,” Re­nard said. “That’s what foot­ball is like. They have to be ready and men­tally pre­pared to take up the chal­lenge.”

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