The local tournament is the one that brings more footballers to Gustavo Alfaro and only seven work in Europe. The great absentee is Felipe Caicedo.
Ecuador begins its path to Qatar 2022, in which it will debut this Thursday, October 8 in La Bombonera against Argentina, with a list in which only seven of those summoned are part of European clubs, and in which two thirds of the 30 players selected by Gustavo Alfaro they are divided between the local tournament, and the leagues of the United States and Mexico.
Of the eleven that play in the Ecuadorian championship, Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito provides five players, two Independiente del Valle and the remaining four are from Barcelona de Guayaquil, Emelec, El Nacional and the Catholic University.
The great absent in the national team is Lazio striker Felipe Caicedo, who has already been marginalized for three years by his own decision, since in 2017 he resigned after the leadership of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) fired the Argentine coach Gustavo Quinteros.
Among those summoned who have already worn the tricolor shirt are striker Enner Valencia, who recently went from Mexican football to Turkish Fenerbahce, and goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez, who plays for Vélez Sarsfield.
Another well-known name in the Ecuadorian team is Christian Noboa, appears in the Sochi of Russia at 35, who, given the existing difficulties in air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, did not arrive in time to play in Buenos Aires.
The defender Erick Ferigra, from the Italian Torino, and José Carabalí from the Catholic University, are the novelties in the call of Alfaro, who joined the Ecuadorian team in August after the resignation of the Dutch Jordi Cruyff, who left the tricolor without even having directed a workout.
From the initial list, Alfaro had to replace goalkeeper Johan Padilla, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. In his place was summoned a nationalized Argentine Hernán Galíndez, 33, a figure from the Catholic University.
Alfaro, debutant also as coachHe explained that given the lack of time for training, he has asked his players “to try to be very tight and in a very short block” to try to control the rival and handle the ball.
After the presentation at the Boca Juniors stadium, Ecuador will host Uruguay next Tuesday the 13th, at the Casablanca stadium of the Quito League.