The coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso observes the grass and empty tribunes of the Hernando Siles stadium during a recent inspection. (APG)
The coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso observes the grass and empty tribunes of the Hernando Siles stadium during a recent inspection. (APG)

By Carlos A. Quiroga

Only football players born in Bolivia and playing in Bolivians clubs.

That was, in race against time, the first decision of the coach who will command the Bolivian national team in the South American qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup.

The coach, Julio Cesar Baldivieso, did not explain its decision, but two emblematic players quit the national team in the last week amid a controversy over the harsh criticism of the coach to the alleged lack of commitment or even lack of patriotism of some players.

Baldivieso thought apparently that if some Bolivian players do not sacrifice for their country, you might not expect that foreigners who adopted the Bolivian nationality will have a greater commitment.

In face of Bolivia´s debut in the qualifying competition, October 8 against Uruguay, Baldivieso needs to discover the magic formula to build a team in record time.

But it will also be necessary that current leaders of Bolivian Football Federation get international recognition, that clubs ensure the presence of players, that the local Government finish the repairs of the Hernando Siles stadium, and, mainly, that popular enthusiasm reborn.

Bolivia need a miracle.

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