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Dudamel, coach of Venezuela, promises to fight with dignity until the last point

Dudamel, coach of Venezuela, promises to fight with dignity until the last point

The new coach of Venezuela's national team, Rafael Dudamel, admitted Friday that the 'Vinotinto' are running out of chances of going to the 2018 World Cup, but promised to fight with dignity until the last point.

"The main expectation -as it is today there are mathematically possibilities- is to fight to the last point in the World Cup qualifiers," said the ex-goalkeeper at a press conference in which he was officially presented in place of Noel Sanvicente.

With just one point in six games, the team is sunk in last place in the table that is led by Uruguay with 13 points.

The qualifiers award for direct spots into the WC and the fifth place team can make it if they win in a playoff against a team from the Oceania region.

Dressed in a light suit and speaking slowly, Dudamel said he does not intend to "create false expectations" or "play with the emotions" of Venezuelans. His duty is to "say the truth" and then indicated that qualifying is "an uphill battle."

"If we fail to reach that first goal, we will try to finish as high as we can and with dignity," said the coach. Venezuela is the only South America Confederation team to have never played in a World Cup.  

 

AFP