The Oriente Petrolero club withdrew three players from the team due to an internal leadership. The team must face Brazil on October 8 and Lionel Scaloni's team on October 13
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File image of the players of the Bolivian national soccer team during a training session as part of the 2019 Copa América at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Reuters)
The Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) reported this Wednesday in a statement that ” Ronaldo Sánchez , Ferddy Roca and Mateo Zoch left the La Verde concentration” in the city of La Paz, after a first phase of practices in Santa Cruz (east) , from August 17. Is that the Oriente Petrolero club withdrew its three players called up for the first two qualifying duels heading to Qatar 2022 , due to problems in the local Federation.
In turn, the FBF also confirmed to the AFP news agency that other teams, such as Blooming and Royal Pari , made the request for their players to withdraw from the national team, but that they had expressed their intention to remain in the concentration.
Coach César Farías tried to retain the three from Oriente Petrolero, a video was even leaked in which he chatted with Sánchez and anticipated: “If you tell the National Team once that no, I think of another.” However, the pressure of the club weighed more.
The national sports body specified that the departure of the three footballers occurred after the president of the club, Ronald Raldes , former captain of the national team, “has ordered, through a letter addressed to the FBF, the withdrawal of the players of his club of the national team ”. Local media have reported that Raldes' decision is due to the struggles of the two vice presidents of the FBF, Marcos Rodríguez and Robert Blanco, for the presidency of the institution, after the death of its head, César Salinas, in mid-July passed through covid-19.
Likewise, the 14 clubs that make up the first division of soccer have been divided between Rodríguez and Blanco, while it is being discussed calling an extraordinary congress to overcome the institutional crisis.
The coach of Bolivia, César Farías (EFE)
The departure of the Oriente Petrolero players occurs on the doorstep of Bolivia starting its participation in the South American Qualifiers . La Verde will debut on October 8 as a visitor against Brazil and on October 13 it will receive Argentina in La Paz, at 3,600 meters of altitude.
The completion of the first two qualifying games was in suspense due to the doubts that European clubs would lend their players at a time when the pandemic is raging in South America and resurfaces in some nations of the Old Continent. But the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), quoting FIFA president Gianni Infantino, confirmed that South American footballers playing in Europe will be able to join their teams for the two dates that will be played between October 8 and 13.
With information from AFP