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Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni will stay on as national team boss and lead the team for the South American qualifiers ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Argentina Football Association (AFA) have announced.

Scaloni’s Agrentina lost 2-0 to rivals Brazil in the semifinal of the 2019 Copa America earlier this month, finishing the competition in third place following a heated 2-1 victory over Chile that saw captain Lionel Messi sent off for the second time in his career.

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The Argentina boss’ contract was due to expire at the end of the year, but he will now stay on through the World Cup qualifying campaign with the country’s Copa America performance having been a factor in determining his future.

“The AFA executive committee has today decided to continue with the national team projected headed by Lionel Scaloni throughout the qualifiers the 2022 World Cup in Qatar which start next year,” the AFA said in a press release.

Scaloni became Argentina’s caretaker manager after the sacking of former coach Jorge Sampaoli following the 2018 World Cup, despite having no previous experience as a head coach at the time.

Argentina’s next match is a friendly against Chile on Sept. 6, before taking on Mexico four days later, as well as Germany on Oct. 10 in what will be a replay of the 2014 World Cup final.

The South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup are set to begin in March 2020, with the next Copa America set to take place later that year.

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