Ricardo Gareca asked to stay on as Peru coach

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

12:56 | Moscow (Russia), Jun. 22.

Peruvian Soccer Federation (FPF) Sports Manager Juan Carlos Oblitas believes the best decision Ricardo Gareca can make is to continue as head coach of Peru's national team.

"As I have always told Ricardo (Gareca), the best decision would be to stay. He is loved and respected in Peru. Plus, his work is appreciated," he stated in an interview with FIFA TV.

According to Oblitas, the Peru coach has always said he will hold off discussions about a contract renewal until the 2018 World Cup is over.

Full support

The latest survey by Ipsos Apoyo polling firm shows that 98% of Peruvians support Gareca's work as leader of the national soccer team, especially now that he took Peru to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

After Peru's loss to France, the Argentine affirmed the Peruvian squad can improve a lot in the future if it is supported by Peruvian Soccer Federation's leaders, the State, and a long-term sports policy.

In March 2015, the FPF introduced Argentinean Ricardo Gareca as the new head coach of the Peruvian team until the end of Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

Gareca had trained Peruvian soccer club Universitario in 2007 and 2008, which was crowned the champion of the Peruvian Apertura (Opening) Tournament 2008. 

Among the soccer clubs trained by the Argentinean coach are also: Velez Sarsfield and Independiente Club, both from his native Argentina.

When in Colombia, he trained America de Cali and Santa Fe, whereas, in Brazil, he trained Palmeiras.

It must be noted Peruvians will face the Australian team —nicknamed the Socceroos— in their last group stage match next Tuesday in Sochi (Russia).


Published: 6/22/2018
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