Martino declines Colombian job offer

Argentine coach Gerardo Martino has turned down an offer to take

charge of Colombia.

Martino, who stepped down as Paraguay coach in July, was offered

the job at a meeting with Colombian Football Federation president

Luis Bedoya on Wednesday.

The federation says Martino has declined the offer and leaves

Colombia still needing to find a coach before World Cup qualifiers

start in October.

Colombia has been without a coach since Hernan Dario Gomez

resigned this month after reports he struck a woman in a Bogota

bar.

Martino was nominated for the job after guiding Paraguay to the

quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup and the final of the Copa

America in July.