Hernando Siles Stadium, home of the Bolivian national team, nestled among the buildings of Miraflores, La Paz. (APG)
Hernando Siles Stadium, home of the Bolivian national team, nestled among the buildings of Miraflores, La Paz. (APG)

By Carlos A. Quiroga

The new leaders of Bolivian football were still celebrating the dismissal of Carlos Chavez, enjoying the first taste of power.

Even they announced their first big decision: hiring the new coach of the national team for an imminent trip at no cost to the United States.

Suddenly the door. Someone more powerful abruptly ended the party.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) ignored the recent changes in the Bolivian Federation (FBF), noting that Chavez remains the head of football in Bolivia, although he is already more than a month in jail awaiting trial for alleged corruption.

If not legal the congress that ousted Chavez, not legal the appointment of new coach Eduardo Villegas.

So, one week before the match against Lionel Messi`s Argentina, the Bolivian football has no other recognized leader than the jailed Chavez. No national team, no coach.

Maybe you do not mind losing to Argentina again. Total, it is a friendly match and Bolivia does not have a football prestige to care about.

Bolivian football is adrift. In the short term, the problem will be finding a direction to a decent start in the qualifying competition for the Russia 2018 World Cup, which begins in October.

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