The bells for a change were announced in the Colombian national team after the painful elimination of the Qatar World Cup 2022. The first to leave the ship was Reinaldo Rueda, and the remarkable thing about the poor results obtained by Tricolor team in the South American qualifiers, was sixth place with 23 units.
The Valle del Cauca strategist ended up with good relations with the leadership of the Colombian Football Federation (FCF), however, before the last two rounds of qualifying, he had already received the referee from Ramón Jesurún, which became official days after the two victories over Bolivia. And Venezuela, which in the end was not enough to overcome that drought he recorded Tricolor condemned to stay away from what would have been the third consecutive tropical date in the twenty-first century.
Aside from Rueda, FCF’s top leaders have also come under fire for their decisions in the past four years, starting with the departure of Jose Pekerman, intersecting narratives around the resignation of Carlos Queiroz and various scandals at institutions as diverse as Dimayor and Difootball.
Ramon Gisorin, President of the Federation, reiterated a few days ago that he would continue to lead the highest entity, in response to the confidence bestowed by the “true owners of football” in him for re-election to his position. And the man from Barranquilla responded to the fans who demanded his departure, arguing that he had qualified in his period for two world championships, before the unfortunate disappointment on this winding road to Qatar.
Yes on the tightrope
The focus of attention is currently on the selection of the new coach who will take charge of the Colombia national team to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in Mexico, the United States and Canada in 2026. The French Football Federation has set its goal of achieving the classification, yes or yes, without preferences in which the new selector is national or a foreigner.
This does not mean that there will be no more exits, or at least a more rigorous assessment of the active positions of the tricolor. Information appeared, on Friday, that Mario Alberto Yepes will leave his position as the sporting director of the federation, a news that surprised him as he is one of the icons of football in a cup of coffee.
SEMANA consulted sources close to the case and learned that Yepes is still in office at this time, but that at the beginning of next week decisions will be made about his future. A meeting with the leaders is scheduled no later than Tuesday where they will assess their performance in these two years of management and finally decide whether or not to continue as athletic director.
It should be noted that the former World Cup defender returned to the national team in January 2020 to play a leading role at the express request of Carlos Queiroz, who at that time had begun to unify his staff aware of what was happening in the minor. Divisions and future project planning for Colombian teams in the men’s branch.
Yepes, who made his debut as coach at Deportivo Cali, was well received by members of the Executive Committee who saw the return of one of the banners of the generation that led Colombia to the World Cup in a positive way. in 2014.
In addition, his presence would act as an unbreakable link between management and players, something that has historically not been as strong as it should have been. Unfortunately, the union of these powers did not end with positive results in the playoffs, an argument that owes Yepes today a very possible second farewell to the tricolor.