The Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro will not continue as Ecuador’s coach after failing to reach an agreement for his continuity with the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), which on Thursday confirmed the coach’s separation.
In a statement, the FEF announced that “after a few months of conversations between the Federation and Professor Gustavo Alfaro, the parties have decided to be free to evaluate new options for the benefit and development of their interests.”
He achieved the pass to the fourth World Cup in Ecuador
With Alfaro in charge of the technical direction, the Ecuadorian team managed to qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time in its history, but in Qatar 2022 they failed to get past the group stage.
The FEF assured that it is proud of the work carried out by Alfaro and thanked and congratulated “the great qualifying process for the Qatar 2022 World Cup”.
The president of the FEF, Francisco Egas, asserted that, when he took on the challenge of leading the federation, he proposed and built a project that had the guarantee of the exceptional potential of the players, and that with Alfaro and his coaching staff was strengthened by group with their knowledge and work.
“For this reason, the results are in sight and, as a Federation, we only have words of admiration for our extraordinary players and the process that was achieved, and of gratitude to Gustavo Alfaro and his team,” he added in a statement.
“After our participation in the World Cup in Qatar, it is time to build on what we have lived and look and be excited about the future,” said the FEF. “We will work, as a Federation, so that the dreams of our entire country come true on the courts of the World.”
Under the technical direction of Alfaro, Ecuador played the 2021 Copa América in Brazil, in which they obtained three draws and one defeat in the group stage, but in the quarterfinals they lost 3-0 to Argentina, which ended as champions. In total he scored five goals and received nine.
In the South American qualifiers for the recent World Cup in Qatar 2022, they won seven games, drew five and lost six, with a baggage of 27 goals for and 17 against, which helped them to qualify directly for the World Cup by finish in fourth position.
A two-year tenure
Alfaro arrived in the Andean country at the end of August 2020, a few days after the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
It began against Argentina, with which they lost 1-0 away, showing signs of having selected the elements that were going to accompany them to win the fourth World Cup classification.
In the World Cup, Ecuador won the opening match by beating Qatar 0-2, then drew 1-1 against the Netherlands and lost 2-1 to Senegal.
Alfaro has left a team fully armed with a broad base of youngsters, who were supported by a small number of experienced players such as Alexander Domínguez (goalkeeper), Robert Arboleda (defender), Carlos Gruezo (midfielder), Ángel Mena and Enner Valencia (forwards). .