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Scaloni signs extension to remain Argentina coach

Caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni will not have Lionel Messi at his disposal for Argentina's September friendlies.
Lionel Scaloni will remain in charge of the Argentina national team for the start of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Lionel Scaloni will remain in charge of the Argentina national team for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) announced on Tuesday a deal to extend the contract for Scaloni, who guided Argentina to third place at this year's Copa America in Brazil.

"The AFA's executive committee has decided to continue with Lionel Scaloni as a coach during the next qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that will begin next year," an AFA statement said.

Scaloni was part of Argentina's coaching staff during La Albiceleste's poor World Cup campaign in Russia 2018, after which then-head coach Jorge Sampaoli left his post.

Argentina are due to face Chile in their next match in Los Angeles on Sept. 5 followed by another friendly with Mexico in San Antonio five days later.

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