Buenos Aires, Jan 3 (AFP) Argentine giants Boca Juniors named Gustavo Alfaro as their new coach, just hours after former boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto joined LA Galaxy. Also Read - Embarrassing! Brazilian Senator Caught Hiding Money 'Between Buttocks' During Corruption Probe

Barros Schelotto left the Buenos Aires club last month after their historic Copa Libertadores final defeat to arch rivals River Plate. Also Read - National Security Advisors of BRICS Nations to Hold Virtual Meeting on Thursday

Boca president Daniel Angelici, who had tried and failed to have River kicked out of the Libertadores final after the second leg was postponed following an attack on Boca’s team bus by their rivals’ fans, said Alfaro had the “ability and professionalism to take charge of” the club known as the “Dung Shovellers.” Alfaro, 56, who leaves another Buenos Aires outfit, Huracan, said he felt a “mixture of pride and challenge. It wasn’t an easy decision because I was torn inside. Also Read - With Spike of Over 90,000 Cases, India's Tally Crosses 42 Lakh-mark; Second Highest After US | Key Points

“But I feel that I’m delivering on a promise to my old man: I promised him I’d arrive at the biggest (club) in Argentine football.” Boca had been linked with former Brazil and Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, as well as former Argentina and Colombia boss Jose Pekerman.

Barros Schelotto, 45, left the club despite having led them to back-to-back titles in his first two seasons before the disappointment of losing to River in South America’s premier club competition, the final second leg of which was switched to Madrid — and won 3-1 by River — due to the fan violence.

Two weeks ago, Boca named former Inter Milan and Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso as their sporting director, his first management job since retiring as a player at the end of last season. (AFP) APA APA

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