Lozano served as interim coach, but the Mexican Federation has decided to remove the interim tag. Lozano, 44, also coached Mexico to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, but his contract expired after the Games.
“We want to trust a Mexican coach, now is the time to recognize that there are great coaches in Mexico who are ready and deserve the chance to lead our team,” said Ivar Cisniega, acting president of the Mexican Federation.
“At the moment, our best option is to choose a Mexican coach who knows our football in depth and can connect with the players,” Cisniega said.
Argentina’s Diego Coca replaces Tata Martino after Mexico’s first round exit 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar. It was the country’s worst performance in the World Cup since 1978.
Lozano knew most of the players who were selected for the Gold Cup roster. Eleven players played for them at the Olympics, normally restricted to under-23 teams.
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“This is one of the biggest challenges of my professional career,” Lozano said on social media. “I am very excited and ready to work hard for the team.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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