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David Ospina to Lead Colombian National Team in Upcoming Friendly Matches

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Salman Khan
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David Ospina to Lead Colombian National Team in Upcoming Friendly Matches

In a surprising move, David Ospina, the 35-year-old goalkeeper for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, has been chosen to lead the Colombian national football team in upcoming friendly matches against Mexico and Venezuela. Ospina, who has been out of action since January due to an elbow fracture, is a notable inclusion in a squad that will be missing key players such as Luis Díaz and Rafael Santos Borré. These matches, scheduled for December 10 and 16, will take place in the United States and are not falling within a FIFA international match window.

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Ospina's Unexpected Call-up

Argentine coach Néstor Lorenzo's decision to include Ospina is unexpected, considering the player's prolonged hiatus. His selection underlines the trust and confidence the coach has in his goalkeeping skills and leadership abilities. Despite his recent injury, Ospina's experience and contributions to the team in the past cannot be overlooked.

Strength in Variety

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The squad selected by Lorenzo for the friendly matches brims with an interesting mix of experienced and young talent. Among the prominent names are Juan Camilo 'Cucho' Hernández, the top scorer for Columbus Crew in the USA, and Mateo Cassierra from Russia's Zenit. The team also includes goalkeeper Álvaro Montero of Millonarios, who had an impressive performance in the recent World Cup qualifying draw against Ecuador.

Other notable inclusions are Colombian-Panamanian goalkeeper Alejandro Rodríguez of Deportivo Cali, young Devan Tanton from England's Fulham, midfielder Ian Poveda from Leeds United, and veteran midfielder David Silva, who has been exceptional for Millonarios in the Colombian league.

Upcoming Matches

The match against Venezuela is slated for December 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, while the match against Mexico will be held on December 16 at United Airlines Field at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Fans can catch the live action on Gol Caracol and its website, promising thrilling football action as the Colombian team showcases its talent and strategies under the leadership of David Ospina.

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