The Colombian National Team is still experiencing its frustration after being eliminated from the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The Colombian Football Federation moved to get the replacement of Reinaldo Rueda and announced the return of Néstor Lorenzo, now as proprietary technician, after having been José Pékerman’s assistant for seven years.
However, that appointment had a pending matter, which was the dismissal of the Argentine coach from his former club, Melgar de Arequipa, which he left as Peruvian champion and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana.
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Time to work: the new technician is already in Colombia
Now, the Colombian Football Federation has made an announcement that is, in practice, the official beginning of the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Lorenzo is already in the country and officially assumed the position of national senior coach.
Lorenzo is already in the country with his entire coaching staff: Luis Amaranto Perea and Fernando Alloco, as assistants; Leandro Javier Jorge, as physical trainer, and Alejandro Otamendi, who will be the goalkeeper trainer.
When will Lorenzo’s debut in the Colombian National Team be?
The new coach will make his official debut on September 23, in a friendly against Guatemala in New Jersey. Three days later he will face Mexico in Santa Clara (California).
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Pending official confirmation from Conmebol, the tie will begin in March 2023 and will once again be played using the all-against-all system, but now, with six direct berths and a playoff for the World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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