New York :
He Colombian coach Santiago ‘Sachi’ Escobar, who leads the Ecuadorian team Universidad Católica, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the club reported this Tuesday through a statement.
“The medical department of the Catholic University informs that our technical director Santiago Escobar, after some medical examinations carried out in recent days, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer“Says the statement.
– U. CATÓLICA OFFICIAL (@UCatolicaEC) January 12, 2021
Then he says that “The recovery treatment began in Medellín, Colombia, which is why it has not been able to be present at the beginning of the preseason”.
According to the statement, the treatment time will be approximately four to six weeks.
“We will be very aware of this entire process, which we are sure will emerge stronger than ever,” he adds.
According to the club’s directors, the preseason that began on Monday will continue to be in charge of his coaching staff, his assistant Winston Cifuentes, the physical trainer Juan Carlos Angel and goalkeeping coach Manuel Sanhouse, as well as Josman Vivas.
The club reiterated “its full support and endorsement of Professor Escobar in these difficult times, and we are sure that he will soon be back, fully recovered, along with all of us.”
Under the technical direction of Escobar, Universidad Católica closed the year 2020 qualifying for the Copa Libertadores de América after 41 years of his last participation in the continental tournament.
The team will be the first of the Ecuadorians to debut in the Libertadores, It will do so from the first qualifying phase of direct elimination of the repechage in which six teams from Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will participate., according to the planning of the South American Football Confederation (CSF).
Then it will, from the second phase, Independiente del Valle, while Barcelona and Liga de Quito They will start the dispute from the Group stage as Ecuador’s champion and runner-up.
While, Conmebol has not yet made the draw to meet the first rival of Católica, established for next February as the date for the start of the tournament.
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