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'El Pibe' doesn't fancy his country's chances of reaching South Africa...

Former Colombian national team captain Carlos Valderrama doesn't think his country will qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"I think we have been eliminated, because if we reach 26 points, the other teams will also have a chance. I'm being realistic, if we had to depend on ourselves, one says 'we will fight', but it is complicated when you have to rely on other results," Valderrama told Antena 2 of Colombia.

Valderrama, who is considered to many as the best Colombian footballer of all time, believes that even if Colombia don't qualify for the World Cup, Eduardo Lara should continue to be the coach of the side.

"I admire the professor Lara, because the work he did with the youth players was very good. He made players emerge,  he won titles, but the truth is they were very difficult times when he took over the national team, because back then we didn't have many points."

He continued, "The professor should be respected. A coach needs time. Before, there was a process of 12 years with [Francisco] Maturana as coach and with 'Bolillo' [Hernan Dario Gomez] as the assistant, which based their team on Atletico Nacional. The directors have to follow a process."

Valderrama, who took part in three World Cups with Colombia, recently received an offer to become the assistant coach of Deportivo Cali.

Gregory Sica,