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Panama caoch Hernan Gomez steps down

Panama v Tunisia: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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After leading Panama to their first ever World Cup at the Russia 2018 fiesta, Hernan Gomez has decided to step down from his position as head coach.

The Canaleros qualified for the World Cup in dramatic fashion after they defeated Costa Rica in their qualifying game as the United States lost to Trinidad & Tobago.

Gomez’s side found the World Cup tougher than expected to lose all three games in the group stages including a 6-1 drubbing suffered at the hands of England.

The Colombian head coach has decided to call time on his managerial stint with Panama.

“It is time for me to make the difficult decision of leaving a place where my heart is planted,” Gomez said in a statement released by the Panama Football Federation (FEPAFUT), quoted in Goal.

“I fulfilled my ambition to lead Panama to its first ever World Cup and that will continue to live in my heart as well as the heart of all Panamanians. The football in Panama is on the rise and I believe you can continue to make history.”

The 62-year-old tactician also led his country Colombia to the 1998 World Cup in France before doing same with Ecuador in 2002.