By Lee Jin-jin Lee = Colombia coach Nelson Abadia will be benched for South Korea’s first match of the 2023 FIFA World Cup against Australia and New Zealand.
According to the Korea Football Association on Thursday, Abadia’s suspension from the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where she was part of the coaching staff of the Colombian women’s team, will be carried over to the first match of the tournament.
The KFA said it confirmed the news to the Colombian Football Federation later in the day.
Colombia’s first opponent will be the South Korean national team, coached by Colin Bell. The match will kick off at 11am local time on the 25th at Sydney Football Stadium.
“I believe that the 23 players we have now are the best we have,” Abadia told a pre-match press conference at the stadium on Thursday, adding that he was confident they were “the best prepared”.
He did not comment on his disciplinary situation.
A dozen Colombian journalists attended the press conference, but no questions were asked about the suspension.
At the 2015 tournament in Canada, Colombia lost 0-2 in the round of 16 to the United States. They did not qualify for the 2019 World Cup in France.바카라
They qualified for the World Cup by reaching the final of last year’s Copa America (South American Football Championship).
Abadia is the “godfather” of Colombian women’s football.
He joined the Colombian women’s national team in 2014 as a member of the coaching staff and was named head coach in 2017.
“It was in 2016 and 2017 that I started to believe that the women’s game in Colombia was going to grow,” Abadia said, referring to the 2005 ‘diva’ Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid), who was also present at the press conference.
“I felt that way watching youth football at that time. Caicedo was 12 years old at the time.” “Women’s football appealed to me. There were so many unknowns and so much potential for development.”