Here’s Why History-making Herve Renard Likes White Shirt. Honor Janza, former right-handyman to Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard, has explained why the Frenchman wears his trademark white shirt.
Renard’s designer shirt drew the attention of the football world on Tuesday when he led Saudi Arabia to a stunning 2-1 win over Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Fans quickly remembered Renard wearing the same shirt while leading Zambia and Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) titles in 2012 and 2015. Some people have said that Renard’s white shirt acts as a lucky charm. Mimi Fawaz, a sports broadcaster for BBC Africa Sports TV, replicated these words on Herve’s shirt and claimed it brought him luck.
Janza, the interim coach for Tanzania, insisted that Renard had made the white shirt an integral component of his personal identity. “He has maintained it because it is one of the colours that gave him the desires of his career,” Tanzania’s Namungo FC coach said.
“I have never heard him believing in charms. It is just that he has maintained the colour white as his brand and it has favoured him.”
As he coaxed the underdogs to the illustrious victory on Tuesday, Renard attracted attention from the crowd on the touchline. Despite taking the lead after just 10 minutes of the Group C match against the minnows, Argentina was unexpectedly defeated.
Following a foul by a player from Saudi Arabia, captain Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot. Argentina’s 36-game winning streak, which had started in 2019, was snapped with the defeat. Prior to Saudi Arabia’s goal, the South American champions had three attempts rejected for offside.
Mohammed Al-Shehri of the minnows brought the score even early in the second half before captain Shafi Al-Dawsari claimed the victory. Argentina this weekend plays Mexico, while Saudi Arabia’s next opponent is Poland.