36 years of World Cup drought finally over for Peru


That is how I can sum up my native country’s, Peru, achievement after thumping New Zealand 2-0 and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

By joining other South American footballing giants such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay into the world’s greatest football tournament next year, Peru are back it again.

To think that my country waited 36 painful years before making it to the World Cup was evident when the 32 million people were given a holiday to celebrate this achievement.
While I can congratulate the players, who dreamed like me when I played in the 1982 World Cup but couldn’t make because of injury, I must also thank everyone who believed in Peru.
And with the draw for the last 32 nations to be made next month to see who will Peru be facing, I’m excited as I believe we can advance to the knockout stages.
But in doing that, the players must focus and be disciplined. They must, like me, wear the national team jersey with pride as we end the three decades hunger with pride.
All I can say is that we did and in style and Peru is heading back to the finals at long last. I am very happy for the country for my family , all the players the technical team and everyone who contribute to great achievement

I will continue share the beautiful game