With only three more World cup qualification matches to be played, Colombian national team boss, José Pékerman has stepped down due to family issues. It is understood that the 64 year old had growing concerns about his mother, who recently was believed to have a medical problem and Pékerman wanted to be with his mother every step of the way.
José Pékerman leaving Colombia role
-José Pékerman stating his view on a recent 1-0 win vs Boliva-
Pékerman told Colombian News, "It's a decision I needed to make and I had to think about my family, my family is important to me and I had to leave my duty as Colombian national team head coach to complete my objective in helping my family and most importantly, my mother. It has been a great pleasure helping this nation grow and I believe the next manager will carry on the work I did for this wonderful nation and team"
The favourite to take over from Pékerman is former Colombian legend, Carlos Valderrama, who has the most caps for Columbia being 111 call ups. Other Colombian legends have been linked to, such as Faustino Asprilla, who is Columbia's second top goal scorer, with 20 goals in 57 call ups.
Colombia currently lie 3rd in the 'FIFA World Rankings' and 4th in South American Qualifying with Argentina, Uruguay and Chile ahead of them, Peru are just 4 points behind Colombia, with a game in hand.