Chilumba said in an interview in Kitwe that Renard’s replacement, Patrice Beaumelle, should be given all the support he needs.
“I think he did his part and I think we just have to move forward and we should not say bad things about him. Of course he won the Africa Cup and to me that is a big credit,” Chilumba said.
Renard, who won the 2012 Africa Cup and 2013 Cosafa Cup, signed a season-long deal with Sochaux after two years in his second tenure as Zambia coach.
“We just have to move forward; whoever is going to get the job we just have to support him whether he is a local or expatriate,” he said.
Renard’s long-serving assistant Beaumelle has been handed the reins in an interim capacity.
“I am comfortable with him (Beaumelle), he is also a good coach,” Chilumba said.
“It is okay if they are talking about continuity but they must also consider a local as an understudy.”