Quito (Ecuador), Jan 31 (IANS) Ecuadorian Football Federation (EFF) announced the hiring of Gustavo Quinteros as the new coach of the national football team.
EFF’s president Luis Chiriboga confirmed the hiring Friday night, saying Quinteros is expected to take over in March, reports Xinhua.
Reinaldo Rueda was fired after Ecuador were eliminated in the first round of last year’s World Cup, and replaced on an interim basis by Sixto Vizuete, who announced his departure Wednesday.
Quinteros, who has been coaching Ecuadorian football club Emelec, expressed his satisfaction after being selected for his new position.
The new national coach said he will assume the position “as long as possible”, saying that “since mid-March I will dedicate to the selection, where we hope to do fruitful work and meet the goals”.
The first challenge of the new coach will be the friendly matches with Argentina, Mexico and Panama.