Soccer — IndependienteTuesday, July 8, 2014
Teamster Moyano to take charge of Reds today
Noray Nakis: ‘Hooligans to be banned if they bother members’
The elections in Independiente are finally over with Hugo Moyano wi-nning by a wide margin. He will be officially announced as president today. Yesterday he met with the new officials to discuss their work plan.
After winning Independiente’s presidential elections on Sunday with almost 70 percent of the vote, trade union heavyweight Hugo Moyano met with the new officials yesterday to discuss issues that need immediate solutions and to create a work plan for the next three years that the CGT Azopardo head will be in charge of the club.
Today, Moyano will be officially named Independiente’s president by now former chairman Claudio Keblaitis, who took the reins of the club after Javier Cantero’s resignation.
One of the issues to solve is the continuity of Omar De Felippe as the team’s coach. His contract is about to end, but all candidates said that they wanted to keep him as the squad’s boss before the elections. De Felippe himself also said that he wants to stay in the club after leading it to the First Division again.
Independiente’s new first vice-president, Noray Nakis, said yesterday that if the hooligans bother the club members, they will be banned.
“If they bother the members or the officials, they will be banned, no matter if their names are ‘Bebote’ Álvarez or ‘Pepe,’” said Nakis in a interview with Radio Nacional Rock yesterday. “Three days ago, the board in charge cancelled the right to refuse admission to the club. Pablo Álvarez went to the club to vote because it was his right as a club member.”
“Bebote” Álvarez, leader of Independiente’s hooligans, returned to the country after being deported from Brazil for trying to enter stadiums. He managed to enter in Argentina’s 3-2 win over Nigeria and Argentina’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland. However, he was taken into custody at the Brasilia stadium where the national team faced Belgium.
“To be honest, if nobody messes with the members and respects the club, they will be allowed to participate in every event of Independiente,” he added.
Independiente returned to the First Division after spending a year in the National B. It was the worst soccer tragedy in its history and its economic situation does not help at all. Moyano said in an interview before the elections that he had not seen the reports yet, but he thinks the club’s debt is about 480 million pesos.
Herald staff with agencies