Vahid Halilhodzic has been named the new head coach of Morocco and replaces Herve Renard at the helm of the Atlas Lions.

Morocco has been looking for a coach since Renard's resignation last month who has since taken on the national side of Saudi Arabia.

Renard announced after the defeat of the Moroccan Africa Cup against Benin in the last knockout round.

The extremely experienced Halilhodzic has taken his place. Most recently, he was coach of Nantes in Ligue 1, where he previously led from 2003 to 2005 Paris Saint-Germain.

Halilhodzic has a varied background in his international CV, having led Côte d'Ivoire, Algeria and Japan to World Cup qualifiers.

In his appointment, which was confirmed by the Moroccan Association on Thursday, the 67-year-old said: "Training Morocco is a great responsibility and an honor.

"My first goal is qualifying for the World Cup and I will try to qualify for a fourth national team in a row."

The Moroccan Association announced on its website that Halilhodzic had signed a four-year contract.

In one of the first coaching roles of Halilhodzic, he was in charge of Raja Casablanca, one of the largest clubs in Morocco, when he won the 1997 CAF Champions League.