From the peaks of the Andes to the masses of the Amazon, Peru is perplexed with eagerness for the World Cup, nevertheless of the absence of great player Paolo Guerrero. Even without their captain, who is serving a doubtable doping cutoff, coach and former Argentine international Ricardo Gareca is courageous they can make a blow after qualifying for the finals for the first time in 36 years.
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Guerrero tested positive for traces of cocaine after a World Cup qualifier between Peru and Argentina on October 5. He was banned for a year, it was later reduced to six months on appeal last December. That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia.
But the emblematic Perucaptain wanted the ban cancelled and arrived at the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing two weeks ago amid lawyers.
His last hope now lies with the Swiss Federal Court, the country’s highest court, where he lodged an appeal on May 25.
However, Peru’s selection for football’s noble competition has been a welcome support for a nation long abandon to watching the deed from the spinoffs.