Colombia to personally invite players to Copa America

“To all the players who said they will not go because of the security situation, we ask them on this occasion to help us out,” said Fina.
Colombia were reinstated as hosts last Saturday, two days after losing the tournament following a spate of bombings and the kidnapping of a local soccer official, but the event was postponed until next year.
Fina said that Paraguay’s flamboyant captain and goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who publicly opposed Colombia as the venue, was top of his list.
“I would ask Chilavert, a person with a very human career, who has done a lot for his country, for the young and for the poor, to rethink and come to Colombia,” he said.
“Nobody should be surprised if Chilavert is with us next year.
“I will do the same with the players of the other teams because their support will be very important.”
Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia all named below-strength squads for the competition before it was postponed, although an overloaded fixture list was more to blame than security fears.
The Copa America was due to be played this year between July 11 and 29, sandwiched between a marathon South American World Cup qualifying competition and with most of the continent’s players tired after a long season with their European clubs.
Fina said he hoped the tournament could now be staged in January and February when the top players were more likely to be available.