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The mexican coach Luis Fernando Tena he directed his Guatemala’s first training as coach, a position he reached on December 9 and for which he signed for a period of four years.
Tena conducted his first practice at the High Performance Center of the Guatemalan Football Federation, a few kilometers from the center of the country’s capital, with 25 players called up. The Mexican was hired with the challenge of qualifying Guatemala for the 2026 World Cup.
Guatemala was eliminated in June 2021 in his attempt to reach a quota for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The Mexican coach summoned 25 players for his first training cycle, since at the moment there are no international commitments scheduled for the Central American country’s team.
Guatemala will compete during the second half of 2022 in the Concacaf Nations League and will also seek to be in the 2023 Gold Cup. The Mexican coach replaced the Guatemalan Amarini Villatoro, removed from his position in June after the elimination of Guatemala in the second round heading to Qatar 2022.
The Mexican Rafael Loredo was as interim coach between June and December, between the departure of Villatoro and the hiring of his compatriot Tena. Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua are the only countries in Central America that have never attended a World Cup of absolute category.
Tena’s payroll for this week’s training sessions, which will run until Wednesday, had as its main novelty the call of Jorge Aparicio, a midfielder for Comunicaciones, Guatemalan runner-up.
Aparicio had been suspended for indiscipline in November 2020, with Villatoro as coach, and although he served his sanction of several months, he had not been called up again. The practice this Monday was behind closed doors and without statements to the media by the Mexican.
The president of the Guatemalan Federation, Gerardo Paiz, indicated in December that the new Guatemalan coach will earn a monthly salary of $ 35,000 and that his termination clause is “high” after signing for four years.
Tena has directed a dozen teams in Mexico, among which three of those considered “great” stand out: Cruz Azul, América and Guadalajara. In addition, he has headed the projects of Tecos, Morelia, Santos Laguna, Chiapas, León, Querétaro and Juárez, his latest work.