Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro will not continue as Ecuador’s coach after failing to agree on his continuation with the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), which on Thursday confirmed the coach’s departure.
In a statement, the FEF announced that “after several months of talks between the Federation and Professor Gustavo Alfaro, the parties have decided to be independent in the evaluation of new options for the benefit and development of their interests. “
He earned a pass to the fourth World Cup in Ecuador
With Alfaro in charge of the technical direction, the Ecuadorian team managed to qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time in its history, but in Qatar 2022 they failed to get past the group stage.
The FEF assured it was proud of the work done by Alfaro and thanked and congratulated the “excellent qualification process for the Qatar 2022 World Cup”.
The president of the FEF, Francisco Egas, asserted that, when he accepted the challenge of leading the federation, he proposed and developed a project that guarantees the exceptional potential of the players, and with Alfaro and his coaching staff is strengthened of the team in their knowledge and work.
“For this reason, the results are visible and, as a Federation, we have only words of admiration for our exceptional players and the process achieved, and of gratitude to Gustavo Alfaro and his team,” he added in a statement.
“After our participation in the World Cup in Qatar, it is time to build on what we have lived and look and be excited about the future,” said the FEF. “We will work, as a Federation, so that the dreams of our entire country can be fulfilled in the courts of the World.”
Under Alfaro’s technical direction, Ecuador played the 2021 Copa América in Brazil, where they got three draws and one defeat in the group stage, but in the quarterfinals they lost 3-0 to Argentina, who finished as runners-up. champion. In total he scored five goals and got nine.
In the South American qualifiers for the recent World Cup in Qatar 2022, they won seven games, five and lost six, with a baggage of 27 goals for and 17 matches, which helped them qualify directly for the World Cup in finishing fourth. position.
Alfaro arrived in the Andean country at the end of August 2020, a few days after the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
It started against Argentina, where they lost 1-0, showing signs of choosing the elements that will accompany them to cover the fourth classification of the World Cup.
In the World Cup, Ecuador won the opening match by beating Qatar 0-2, then drew 1-1 against the Netherlands and lost 2-1 to Senegal.
Alfaro leaves a team fully armed with a wide youth base, supported by a small number of experienced players such as Alexander Domínguez (goalkeeper), Robert Arboleda (defender), Carlos Gruezo (midfielder), Ángel Mena and Enner Valencia (forward). .
Source: La Verdad
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