BY KUNLE SOLAJA
With qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup getting complicated for Argentina, the coach, Edgardo Bauza, has stepped down. He had barely spent eight months at the helms.
Bauza, a two-time Copa Libertadores winner, assumed control last August after Gerado Martino departed in the wake of defeat in the final of last year’s Copa America Centenario.
Under Bauza, Argentina gathered just 11 points from possible 24 during Bauza’s reign. Argentina’s possibility of qualification was worsened by the 0-2 loss to Bolivia late last month and more severe blow was dealt on the team following the four-match suspension slammed on Lionel Messi.
The has led Argentina struggling in the South American qualifying series having just had six wins from 14 matches and placing fifth in a series where only the top four get automatic qualification.
Brazil, which overthrew Argentina in the top position of the monthly FIFA ranking, became the first team outside the hosts, to qualify. There are just four more matches for each team to end the series.
Sports Village Square gathers that Argentina are only two points ahead on Ecuador and risk dropping further down should the two-time former World Cup champions drop points. Their next match is against third-placed Uruguay in Montevideo.
If Argentina remains in the fifth position, the former champions will have a play-off against an Oceania team.