Gabriel Ochoa Uribe hospitalized

The former selector of Colombia
Uribe, the coach with the most titles in national soccer, was hospitalized this Friday in Cali (southwest) due to health complications, the Colombian Major Soccer Division reported (Dimayor).

The entity said in a statement that “it wishes a quick recovery to the doctor Gabriel Ochoa Uribe who presents health difficulties and is hospitalized.”

He adds that football “joins in solidarity with the prayers of family and friends of the former, to overcome this time of illness.”

Ochoa, 90, who was born in the town of Sopetrán, in the department of Antioquia, began his soccer career as a goalkeeper and defended the colors of America in Brazil and Millionaires in Colombia.

Subsequently, he led the Colombian team in the 1959 Pre-Olympic Championship and defeated Brazil 2-0, in what was the Cafeteros’ first victory against Canarinha.

Likewise, he was in command of the team in the 1963 South American Championship, and in 1985 during the qualifying rounds for the 1986 Mexico World Cup, where he reached the repechage, an instance in which Paraguay defeated him. In addition, he won five local titles with Millonarios and one with Santa Fe.

His greatest successes were with América de Cali

However, his greatest successes were with América de Cali, team with which he won seven league championships. The doctor Ochoa, specialized in orthopedics and traumatology, also led those teams for three consecutive years -from 1985 to 1987- to the final of the Copa Libertadores, a tournament that he could not win despite having several of the best players on the continent.

He retired from football in December 1991, when he left the technical direction of América de Cali.