Argentinean Pizzi would represent Saudi Arabia
at the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday, they added.
Pizzi is the third coach to fill the position in the last three
months after Bauza was hired to replace Bert van Marwijk, who
qualified the country for their first World Cup finals since
Van Marwijk left the post after failing to agree a new contract
with the Saudi federation while Bauza was fired last week after
just five games in charge, including back-to-back losses against
Bulgaria and Portugal.
Pizzi was most recently in charge of Chile, who he took to the
final of this year's Confederations Cup, but the 49-year-old
resigned after failing to steer the country to the World Cup
Saudi Arabia have qualified for their fifth World Cup, with the
country's best performance coming in their debut appearance at
the finals in 1994 in the United States, when they reached the
Round of 16.
The country has been eliminated in the group phase of the
competition on each occasion since. (Reporting by Michael Church
in Bangkok, Editing by Peter Rutehrford/Amlan Chakraborty)
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