From Colombia, they announced that Rafael Dudamel will not continue to lead the team, which he began directing in September 2021 and which he guided to the title last year
Rafael Dudamel became the technical director of Deportivo Cali in September 2021. (Photo: AFP )/
Rafael Dudamel's story at Deportivo Cali seems to be about to end. From Colombia, the information arrives that the Venezuelan will leave the bench, one day after the goalless draw against Melgar, for the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana.
“Rafael Dudamel is no longer the coach of Deportivo Cali”, journalist Pipe Sierra, from Win Sports, reported on Twitter. Along these lines was Camilo Pinto, from Caracol Radio. “Dudamel is no longer the coach of Deportivo Cali and six months ago he was champion”, he posted on the same social network.
For its part, El País de Colombia assured that Dudamel “will not continue on the bench” of the team. “The coach and directors of the Verdiblanca institution reached that decision and only details are lacking to agree on the departure of the Venezuelan”, added the source.
Information from Pipe Sierra, from Win Sports.
In the neighboring country, they realize that one of the reasons for the decision of the Deportivo Cali board was the statements made by Dudamel about Ítalo Montaño, a soccer player who recently arrived, with the approval of the institution's president, Marco Caicedo.
“The reality is that I don't know Ítalo and it wasn't a request from the coaching staff. There is no need to discuss, because I don't know him, the footballer's condition. I think it's the forms that end up, from the beginning, making the arrival of a footballer not the most harmonious; but well, these are the things that invite you to reflect in depth”, Dudamel pointed out in the press conference after the commitment with Melgar.
While awaiting an official statement, the truth is that Deportivo Cali will have to face 'Domino' this Wednesday, July 6, for the second leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Peruvian and Colombian time) at the UNSA Monumental Stadium.