Colombia fire coach after failing to qualify for 2022 World Cup

Colombia, sixth in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, did not win their ticket to Qatar and coach Reynaldo Rueda was sacked on Monday. The name of his successor has not been disclosed.

Three points behind Ecuador and one unit behind Peru’s Barrage. This played out Colombia’s non-qualification for the next 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Less than a month after the last game of the qualifiers and Cafeteros’ brutal sixth place, the Colombian football federation announced the departure of Reynaldo Rueda this Monday.

The federation specifies in a press release that “its technical staff” has also been relieved of its functions and that it will “evaluate existing alternatives or those that may arise” to determine its replacement.

22 games for only 8 wins

65-year-old Reynaldo Rueda took over in January 2021 in place of Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, making a qualifying debut with home defeats against Uruguay (3-0) and neighbors Ecuador (6-1) in Quito.

But that was not enough to snatch a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar with a record of eight wins, eight draws and six losses in 22 matches. His stint was cut short in the 2021 Copa América after eventual trophy winner Lionel Messi lost in the semi-finals to Argentina.

No successor has been named yet

In the absence of an official match in 2022, Colombia could wait before appointing a new coach. If many South American media have cited Peru coach Ricardo Gareca or even Marcelo Bielsa taking over from Reynaldo Rueda, the Colombian federation has not confirmed any leads or names.

After the departure of Jose Peckerman in the wake of the 2018 World Cup, Cafeteros waited until January 2019 before a new coach arrived. According to the local press and especially the newspaper El Tiempo, the FCF may again take their time to find a coach. Meanwhile, the boss of the national under-20 team, Hector Cárdenas, could take over in the interim.

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