Sambueza maintains El Tri dream

The Club America forward played once for Argentina's U-17 side, but hopes FIFA will reverse its decision and allow him to play for El Tri.

Club America’s Argentina-born forward Rubens Sambueza still hopes to play for Mexico this summer at Brazil 2014, but is awaiting final clarification from FIFA to see whether he is eligible.

Sambueza, 30, became a Mexican citizen last October and immediately wrote to FIFA to seek permission to play for Miguel Herrera’s national team, but it was denied due to the fact he featured once for Argentina’s Under-17 team back in 2001.

The player then appealed the decision on the grounds that he was a minor at the time he played for Argentina, hoping FIFA will finally allow him to change federation.

“I’ve still not received FIFA’s resolution to the letter that I sent,” he said Tuesday in a press conference. “I’m hoping for a positive response because I want to play for Mexico.”

Sambueza also stressed he is focused on America for the time being and – after being somewhat criticized for his attitude towards officials – said isn’t going to talk more about referees.

“We hope the officiating gets better,” he added, temporarily breaking his vow. “Within the group we have talked and decided to not speak about refs and dedicate ourselves to playing.”