Colombia appoint Rueda as national team coach

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers - Chile v Peru - Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile - November 13, 2020 Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/Pool

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia named Reinaldo Rueda as their new coach on Thursday, appointing him for a second spell in charge just hours after he left his position as manager of Chile.

Rueda left Chile on Wednesday to replace Carlos Queiroz, who left his post with Colombia in December after two defeats left them joint seventh in South America's 10-team qualifying group for the Qatar World Cup.

The top four qualify automatically for the 2022 tournament and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.

Rueda, 63, coached Colombia at the 2004 Copa America and 2005 Gold Cup but failed to take his homeland through from the World Cup qualifiers for Germany 2006.

A former coach of club sides Flamengo and Atletico Nacional of Medellin, he has also managed Honduras and Ecuador.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota, writing by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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