Argentina U20 and Olympic coach Julio OLARTICOECHEA spoke about the Olympic team and the work the AFA have to do.
OLARTICOECHEA commented about the team’s early exit at the Olympics, money and the current state of the AFA. Here’s what he had to say:
“To all those who say that we only think about money… You’re all wrong. When one reaches this level, money isn’t of interest, the shirt yes. When you lose, you cry a lot. I know how every player is feeling right now.”
“We are not used to getting eliminated this early at a tournament. When I first came in I said I wouldn’t make any excuses. The team which went to the Olympics is a good one. The truth is that the smaller countries have grown a lot. This whole situation should serve as an example for the leaders (at the AFA) to understand that there’s a lot of work to do for a long time.”
“CALDERA, my assistant, does a thousand things. He earns 18,000 pesos per month and for three month’s now he hasn’t gotten paid. He organized everything for the guys, he’s helped us a lot.”
“Yesterday, I called my wife and told her to take money from my daughter, who is a baker and earns good money. I spoke to the higher up’s (AFA leaders) that we needed money. And I’m taking money from my daughter. It’s something to cry about but it’s reality”.