LA PAZ ( Associated Press) — Argentina’s Gustavo Costas signed a four-year contract on Friday to lead Bolivia’s football team, with the challenge that Bolivia can qualify for the 2026 World Cup.
In an emotional event and accompanied by Andean rites, the 59-year-old Costas, dressed in a green shirt, signed a contract and served as Bolivia’s coach in La Paz after being unanimously elected by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) executive committee. officially presented. last Saturday.
Bolivians will have to wait until November to take over the command of the team, as Costas still manages Chilean club Palestine.
“It’s a big challenge for me,” the coach told the media as it was his first team he would command and assured that he would come “with his feet on the ground”, but that Bolivia was “a hope of taking it to the top”. With great desire”. … .that it would have to qualify for the World Cup”.
The Argentine strategist’s contract with the FBF will begin in November and last until the end of the 2026 qualifiers, which could be extended if Bolivia qualifies for the World Cup.
FBF President Fernando Costa welcomed him and called for unity and support to qualify for the World Cup.
“Costas is a teacher who has fulfilled the dreams of many clubs and we hope that he can help us fulfill the dreams of all Bolivians,” he noted.
Bolivia has not advanced to the World Cup since 1994 and this long pause of Bolivian football will be Costas’ main challenge.
The Bolivian team ended the tie against Qatar in the last position, the same place it had gained in the previous qualifying tournament.
Argentina have been champions on two occasions (2003–2004) with Peruvian club Alianza Lima, with Cerro Porteo from Paraguay in 2005 and Barcelona from Ecuador in 2012.
Costas arrived in La Paz early and would return to Chile at night to continue his duties in Palestine.
Costas’ appointment to Bolivia means that seven of the South American teams have Argentina captains. The others are Lionel Scaloni (Argentina), Gustavo Alfaro (Ecuador), Jose Peckerman (Venezuela), Guillermo Barros Sheloto (Paraguay), Eduardo Berrizo (Chile) and Nestor Lorenzo (Colombia).