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Rafael Dudamel, new coach of Venezuela

Rafael Dudamel, new coach of Venezuela

Former goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel was appointed the new coach of the Venezuela national team, announced on Friday the president of the local Federation, Laureano Gonzalez.

The new coach "is Rafael Dudamel, a young man, 43 years old, everyone knows him," Gonzalez said at a press conference in which he announced the termination of the contract that bound Sanvicente with the 'Vinotinto'. The team is currently last in South American qualifying.

The ex-goalkeeper of various clubs in Colombia, Argentina and South Africa, Dudamel had been working with the Venezuela Under-20 national team after coaching the U-17 team.

"He's someone with his virtues and defects, with a strong personality, nobody will come and say, 'Who are you? Where did you came from?' because he has more experience than anyone that we could have hired," added Gonzalez, indicating that Dudamel "is from our house" after 54 appearances with the 'Vintinto'.

"We had to find someone who knew us, Venezuelan football inside the dressing room inside a team, who had represented the country abroad, who had succeeded abroad," explained the president of the Federation.

In Colombia, Dudamel defended the goal of teams like Independiente Santa Fe, Millonarios, America de Cali and Deportivo Cali. While in Argentina he played for Quilmes and in South Africa he played for Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club.


Text: AFP