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The veteran former goalkeeper directed Jose during his time playing in Medellin, and his convinced that the trainer holds a great affection for the country

Colombian football legend Efrain Sanchez has thrown his support behind Jose Pekerman to lead his nation, after the Argentine coach tasted victory in his first game at the Cafetero helm.

Goals from Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao were enough to give the South American nation an impressive 2-0 victory over Mexico on Pekerman's debut, played in Miami last Wednesday evening.

His first competitive tests will arrive in June, when Colombia take on Peru and Ecuador away from home in qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

86-year-old Sanchez, who played in goal for the nation in their first-ever World Cup back in 1962, affirmed that he could not think of anyone better than Pekerman to lead his side to Brazil in two years' time.

"I think Pekerman is the man who can lead us to the next World Cup," Caracol heard from 'El Caiman', who directed the Villa Dominguez native during a long spell as a player for Independiente Medellin during the 1970s.

Sanchez also pointed out that, despite being born outside of Colombia, there could be no question over Jose's loyalty to the Cafeteros.

"I know that he loves Colombia so much. He spent a lot of time here to get to know the country, he was with me in Independiente from 1975 to 1977. He has a Colombian daughter as well."

The Argentine already has World Cup experience, having led the Albiceleste team to the 2006 finals in Germany before going out to the hosts at the quarter-finals.