Queiroz arrives in Bogota to take charge of Colombia

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-07 11:29:53|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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BOGOTA, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese football manager Carlos Queiroz arrived in Colombian capital Bogota late Wednesday ahead of his expected unveiling as the country's new head coach.

"I'm very happy to be here in Colombia and I'm grateful to the national federation [FCF] for this invitation," Queiroz told reporters upon his arrival at Bogota's El Dorado international airport.

The 54-year-old is expected to be confirmed as the Cafeteros' boss at a press conference on Thursday. Last week Queiroz stepped down as Iran's head coach after eight years in the role.

Colombia have been searching for a manager since the resignation of Argentine Jose Pekerman in September.

The FCF has made no secret of its intention to hire Queiroz. In January, the organization's vice-president, Alvaro Gonzalez, said Queiroz - a former goalkeeper whose managerial career has spanned three decades - was the first-choice candidate ahead of Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda and Paraguay boss Juan Carlos Osorio.

FCF president Ramon Jesurun traveled to Dubai before last month's Asian Cup to finalize details of a four-year contract, according to local media reports.

Queiroz has had spells in charge of Real Madrid, Portugal, South Africa and Sporting Lisbon - among other teams - since beginning his coaching career in 1989.