The Colombian women’s team plays for the first time in the country this Saturday, after the historic presentation at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. in which he reached the quarterfinals of the tournament.
At 4 pm, the team will be in El Campín, waiting for one of the hosts of the last World Cup, New Zealand. The match is between Caracol and RCN, but a good attendance is expected to see a team that is getting ready for another of its great goals, fighting for an Olympic medal at the Paris 2024 Games.
Some things have changed since the end of the World Cup. The main one, the coach: Nelson Abadía is gone and, for now, his assistant, Ángelo Marsiglia, is in charge while the Colombian Football Federation decides who will lead the team. Marsiglia already coached two games, against the United States, in September: the first ended 0-0 and the second was lost 3-0.
Marsiglia will lead a team that, although it did not make it past the group stage of the World Cup, is still respectable.
“We have studied the rival a lot, they are global and competent rivals (…), these types of rivals help us grow in preparation for what is coming next year, which is a lot of football,” declared the coach.
Without Linda Caicedo and Ana María Guzmán, who are injured, but with the return of goalkeeper Catalina Pérez and the team’s historic scorer, Catalina Usme, Colombia wants to continue strengthening its game and its style.
“Since we arrived we have trained the game plan, we have watched the New Zealand matches, and the most important thing is to have all the tools to be able to make very good decisions in the match,” declared the captain of the National Team, Daniela Montoya.
The New Zealanders also begin to prepare their qualifying tournament for the Olympics. “After a historic and special 2023, our focus shifts to the next cycle and puts the team in the best possible position to qualify for the Olympic Games,” said New Zealand coach Jitka Klimková of the Czech Republic.
This will be the first of two scheduled matches against the New Zealanders. The second will be played on Tuesday at the Metropolitano de Techo stadium, but that match will be behind closed doors.
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