René Higuita, coach of Al-Nassr goalies, team from Saudi Arabia.
René tells that he is happy with his experience in Saudi Arabia as an archer coach. He asks for support for Pékerman, but says that “if they are going to keep changing technically every time we lose a game, we will not go anywhere”.
The only Colombian player currently in Al-Nassr is the Cartagena Juan Pablo Pino, who after acting with the DIM went to Monaco of France and Galatasaray of Turkey.
Juan Osvaldo Jiménez is the physical trainer that took Maturana for this project. Graduated from the University of Antiquia, he has worked in Medellín, Florida Soccer, Primera B and the selections of Antioquia.
“Higuita, Higuita, Higuita!” The scream that comes from the stands touches the heart of the Antioquia exarchist who, with so many expressions of affection and admiration from the Arabs, only manages to say: “this is heaven”.
He does not participate as a player of the Al-Nassr club, but the mere presence of the legendary footballer, now archer coach, inventor of the scorpion and a unique style that crossed borders, became a voice of encouragement for the working group that leads Francisco Maturana
“People always distinguish us and know us, I also often listen to I love you Higuita,” he says modestly, noting that from this experience he is surprised by the religious aspect, “for the five times a day they dedicate to prayer” .
On the challenge assumed in Saudi Arabia by this Colombian technical team, which also includes Hugo Gallego Villa (assistant) and Osvaldo Jiménez (physical trainer), René says that they found a team to train.
“This is another world, a totally different but nice thing, we are going to fight to achieve maximum performance,” he said.
Higuita is convinced that the presence of Maturana, who was already a champion in that country with Al-Hilal, ten years ago, ensures a good campaign. Also, the guarantees that have given them to work. For example, they have two interpreters and the team has just hired a Brazilian and a Korean.
In spite of the distance it is impossible that Renato, as some friends say, ignore the movements of the Colombian National Team and the arrival of José Pékerman, of whom he values his extensive knowledge, as Maturana and Gallego have ratified him.
But take the opportunity to send their pulls to the managers. “I do not know what they are thinking about the Federation, the one who arrived is very capable, but if they are going to continue changing technically every time we lose a match, we will not go anywhere. process when they do not allow it to be fulfilled As a Colombian, I ask for full support. ”
A respite and again René returns to heaven, from where he recognizes that he misses many things from his native country, but there are others that encourage him and fill those spaces as the motivation to do what he likes.
After spending December 30 on a plane and getting up early to work on the farewell of the year, which for him was “rich and pleasant”, he is focused on his own, but without neglecting his children Andrés and Pamela, and his wife Magnolia with whom you are in permanent contact.
“The family is pulling you, but that has not been an impediment, if they are well, I am excellent, and if they are happy and excellent, I am in heaven.”Read More →