Gareca signs contract to remain as coach of Peru's soccer team
Soccer coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday he had signed a new three-year contract to lead Peru's national team through the qualifying matches of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Garcia's decision will likely come as a relief to the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF), whose president, Edwin Oviedo, has been under pressure to resign over accusations he gave World Cup tickets to a judge who helped exclude him from a murder probe.
Last week, the FPF's sports director warned that the scandal surrounding Oviedo, who denies wrongdoing, could derail Peru's bid to persuade Garcia to remain as the national team's coach.
Garcia thanked Oviedo and the FPF for placing their trust in him. "We truly hope that everything can be cleared up and get better for the good of soccer," Garcia said in a news conference.
Garcia, who is credited with building confidence in a team long seen as an underdog, said he would work toward ensuring Peru plays in the 2022 World Cup. Peru had one win and two losses in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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