coach Néstor Che García disassociated himself

The rumor had been circulating for a few hours before, but confirmation arrived late at night. The Argentine Basketball Confederation (CAB) announced the dismissal of Néstor Che García as a coach, who did not even get on the plane to travel to Brazil, where the albiceleste team will play the AmeriCup, which will be led by Gonzalo Garciawho was his main assistant.

Nestor Garcia.  Photo: AP/Arnulfo Franco.

Nestor Garcia. Photo: AP/Arnulfo Franco.

“The Argentine Basketball Confederation communicates the dismissal of Néstor García as coach of the senior men’s team”began the press release.

“Che verbally advanced his departure, for reasons of his privacy that we respect, and he was not part of the delegation that traveled to Brazil this Tuesday afternoon to play the AmeriCup”complete.

The team will be led by Gonzalo García, who was the first assistant, along with Leonardo Gutiérrez. The goal was also for Pablo Prigioni to be there, but he finally returned to the United States.

The Che had taken on the challenge of the generational change in a National Team that came from the runner-up position in the 2019 World Cup and closed the process of Sergio Sheep Hernández at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He debuted in the FIBA ​​windows that started the road to the 2023 World Cup in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. In total, he directed eight matches, with six wins and two losses. On Monday night he had been in charge of the team in Mar del Plata, where Argentina beat the Bahamas to recover from the loss days ago against Canada, as a visitor.

It was a surprise for the environment, especially since the rest of his coaching staff will continue. The AmeriCup, which will be played in Recife, has him framed in group B along with the Virgin Islands -his debut rival next Saturday-, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Che García had already had a spell with the Argentine National Team in 2012, when he became the South American champion. In his career, he also led the national teams of Venezuela, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic. At the team level, there were 31 that he directed, standing out in Argentina with Peñarol de Mar del Plata (champion of the 1994 National League) and San Lorenzo (champion of the Super 20 in 2019).

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