BASILE accepts the challenge


It is confirmed. Alfio BASILE will be Argentina’s manager until South Africa 2010. There are no more questions about it.

The big story these days in Argentina is when will he leave BOCA JUNIORS to concentrate full time on his national manager role.

Apparentely, that novel is near the end now and he will step out of BOCA when his off-season tour of Mexico is over in the next few days.

A member of BASILE’s staff in BOCA (Jorge RIBOLZI) will take over as an interim manager until Mauricio MACRI (BOCA’s president) finds the right man to become the next full time manager.

So far, Diego MARADONA, Marcelo BIELSA and Ricardo LA VOLPE have rejected the chance of succeeding BASILE at the helm of the most popular club in Argentina.

In other news, Argentina’s friendly match against South Africa (originally scheduled for August 15th) was postponed but now it looks like there are chances for it to be played in Cape Town.

If it’s confirmed, this could mark BASILE’s debut.

There are rumours of Argentina going to play a friendly in Japan and another in Korea in November.

The rest is still a mystery.