A day after the final World Cup qualifying match of the Colombian national soccer team, manager Eduardo Lara announced to have resigned from his position.
Colombia failed to secure a spot at next year’s World Cup, but several key players had expressed their support for Lara following Saturday’s defeat by Chile. As it turned out however, Wednesday’s 0-2 win over Paraguay would be Lara’s last game at the helm.
“I take distance from the major team. I will stick with the minors. I will continue to work for the Colombian Soccer Federation,” Lara said upon arriving at Bogota’s El dorado Airport on Thursday.
The Soccer Federation will now start the search for a replacement. At the moment, there are no clear favorites for the job.
The 50-year-old Lara, born in the city of Cali, became coach of the national team after the sacking of Jorge Luis Pinto last year. Since then, Colombia won four matches, drew one and lost five.
Lara gained international fame by leading the Colombian Under-20 team to victory at the 2005 South American championships, and reaching the quarter finals at the Youth World Cup later that year.