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Pekerman resigns as Colombia coach

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Pekerman resigns as Colombia coach
FILE PHOTO: Colombia coach Jose Pekerman before World Cup round of 16 match against England at Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo   -   Copyright  Maxim Shemetov(Reuters)
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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Jose Pekerman has quit as Colombia manager two months after leading them to the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said on Tuesday.

“After a meeting with Jose Nestor Pekerman, the coach has expressed his desire not to continue as the head of the national side,” the FCF said in a short statement.

“We at the FCF are proud to have counted on the coach, who qualified us for the World Cups in Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018.”

Pekerman, who took over in 2012, was not expected to continue after a World Cup campaign that ended with a penalty shootout defeat by England.

He could now be a candidate for the vacant jobs with Mexico or Argentina, the country where he was born and whose Under-20 side he took to the World Cup three times – 1995, 1997 and 2001.

Interim coach Arturo Reyes will lead Colombia in friendlies against Venezuela in Miami on Sept. 7 and Argentina in New Jersey four days later.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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