Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro resigned on Wednesday to have Byrne Castillo at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, hinting that he has the right to choose a player he is comfortable with as DD de la Tri.
“Those were ten tough hours. When it came out of the TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) ruling, there was an ambiguity… For me, the player was eligible. If the player qualified for the tie, he qualified for the World Cup final, and two courts said Byrne’s document was valid. Because there were judgments. Therefore, the TAS fails in a way that is not yet justified and does not clarify the reason, and I believe that Ecuador is going to request annulment if necessary when it is clarified (…) for this reason. I want to clarify, because we did everything right, we did everything right,” Argentina said the coach mixed zone, This Wednesday.
Asked about the convening criteria he used to select the 26 troops who arrived in Qatar today, he pointed out: “It is my choice, my right to choose, or I don’t have the right? Choose? It is my right to choose, so I choose players according to my vision. I made an open choice for all, and all had their chances; Some people behind the line, you’ll have seen whether they’ve taken advantage of them or not. Decisions one has to make, unfortunately when one makes decisions there are inside players and outside players and I have the right to choose that”.
Without Byrne Castillo, the coach drew a 26-man roster dominated by youth, with the World Cup experience of striker Enner Valencia, goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez and midfielders Carlos Cruso and Angel Mena standing out.
The Tricolore will take on hosts Qatar in their opening match of the 2022 World Cup this Sunday, which will also open Group A completed by the Netherlands and Senegal.
A Gustavo Alfaro, keen to insist he has the right to choose the footballer he sees fit, was surprised by the question of his resignation from Tri’s technical bench after the pay was made public.
“Where? Why? No… Am I going to miss this?” He replied with good humour.