Thursday, 5 September 2013
Venezuela Face World Cup Qualifying Selection Crisis After 20 Members Of 24-Man Squad Struck Down With Explosive Diarrhoea
20 players of the Venezuelan soccer team are suffering from food poisoning. This was announced by Cesar Farias, the Venezuelan coach on a press conference. Nevertheless he is facing the qualification match for the World Championship 2014 in Brazil optimistically.
Farias who has seen 20 members of his 24-man squad struck down by a grim stomach virus, still hasn’t got any idea what caused the spate of illnesses, merely telling local press that: “They didn’t have a good night and they weren’t able to train well.”
It’s not like Venezuela’s game against Chile is a dead rubber either, with Farias’ side needing to register win if they are to keep their dream of reaching Brazil 2014 alive (Venezuela are currently the only South American side never to have played in a World Cup).
They currently sit in sixth place (five points behind Chile in fifth) in the group with the top four qualifying automatically and the fifth-place side given the chance to squeak in through the play-offs.