MEXICO CITY: Cruz Azul coach Ruben Omar Romano, freed on Wednesday after a two-month kidnap ordeal, hopes to be re-united with his team this weekend.
Romano, rescued from his abductors by Mexican police, was born in Argentina but has spent most of his career in Mexico.
I have enough strength to keep fighting and I hope to be with my team as soon as possible, the chain-smoking Romano told a news conference on Thursday.
It never even crossed my mind (to leave the country), in no moment did my family have that thought. I think this was a bad experience and that is all.
Romano, 47, spent two months blindfolded in a house in a crime-ridden residential neighbourhood after being seized by men with automatic weapons near the teams training ground in the south of Mexico City.
He was the latest footballing victim of a Latin American scourge.
Although there was a happy ending, as there has been in every other high-profile case so far, the trend has alarmed footballers, coaches and their relatives around the region.
Footballers families have already become regular targets for kidnappers in Argentina and Brazil.
Cruz Azul, who top the league with 21 points, face Dorados of Sinaloa today. Reuters