But he has no illusions about the tough task ahead in Bamako for the Zambia under-20.
Renard says the 2-2 draw in the first leg at home makes the job more difficult, but not impossible as the squad seeks a place in the finals scheduled for Algeria next year.
He said this in an interview at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday shortly before the team’s departure for Mali.
Renard, who reinforced the technical bench after the first leg match, said he is happy with the preparedness of the team.
“It’s been fantastic working with staff at under-20. I like working with young boys,” he said.
Renard said concerns about the defence have been attended to by calling in Chishimba Changala and Moses Siansumo.
“But I believe when one department is not doing so well then the whole team should take the blame because football is teamwork,” he said.
Mali need a scoreless or at least 1-all draw to stop Zambia in the match this weekend.