By Johnny Edward:
Head coach of the Bolivian national team Mauricio Soria wants his side’s international friendly against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Uyo cancelled.
The former goalkeeper who replaced Xabier Azkargorta as head coach in January demanded for an alternative fixture to be arranged in La Paz as travelling several thousand miles for a single match will not benefit his new side.
“We have asked the Federation not to play against Nigeria because our priority is to spend time with our players,” Soria told reporters in La Paz.
“The travel was not a benefit because of the long hours we would be on a plane, we were going to lose five days of training.
“There was just one friendly arranged. A journey as long as that was not convenient for us.
“We want to play in Bolivia, in La Paz, against a good rival.
“It’s possible that we are going to play against Venezuela in May, but we will see.”
Bolivia, who have a friendly in Argentina scheduled for June 6, have been drawn into Group A for the Copa América, where they will face Chile, Mexico and Ecuador.
It remains to be seen if the 48 years old’s wish will be granted.