The Colombian national team is still feeling frustrated after its exclusion from the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The Colombian Football Association moved to replace Rinaldo Rueda and announced Nestor Lorenzo returns, now as a private technician, after being an assistant to Jose Pekerman for seven years.
But that appointment had a pending order, the dismissal of the Argentine coach from his former club, Melgar de Arequipa, who left him as the Peruvian champion and qualified for the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals.
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It’s time to act: the new technician is already in Colombia
Now, the Colombian Football Federation has made an announcement that is, in effect, the official start of the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Lorenzo is already in the country and officially took the position of the first national coach.
Lorenzo is already in the country with his entire coaching staff: Luis Amaranto Perea and Fernando Aluko, as assistants; Leandro Javier Jorge, as physical coach, and Alejandro Otamendi, who will be the goalkeeper coach.
When will Lorenzo’s debut in the Colombian national team?
The new coach will make his official debut on September 23, in a friendly match against Guatemala in New Jersey. Three days later they will face Mexico in Santa Clara (California).
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Pending official confirmation from CONMEBOL, the confrontation will start in March 2023 and will be played again using an all-on-all system, but for now, with six live berths and a World Cup playoff in the United States, Mexico and Canada. .