Sat, 23 Jan 2021

BOGOTA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Carlos Queiroz has expressed his appreciation to Colombia's players, officials and fans, a day after being sacked as head coach amid a poor run of results.

"When saying goodbye is not easy, it means that we only have reason to proudly express our enormous gratitude," the 67-year-old Portuguese said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

He added that he was honored "for the opportunity that the Colombian Football Federation and its president have given me to serve the national team."

Queiroz, a former manager of Real Madrid, South Africa, Iran and Portugal, guided Colombia to nine wins, five draws and four defeats after his appointment in February 2019.

Under his command, the Cafeteros reached the quarterfinals of last year's Copa America in Brazil. However, the team has struggled for much of the past 18 months.

Heavy defeats to Uruguay and Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers last month left Queiroz's team seventh in the South American Football Confederation's (CONMEBOL) 10-team standings.

"With humility, I leave with the certainty that the work and positive technical legacy developed by everyone in the team will translate into the success that all Colombian football fans dream of and deserve," Queiroz added.

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