Argentina is set to trade tackles with the rest of the teams playing at the Copa America Centenario 2016, after the team’s officials dismissed reports that the team would withdraw for the tournament.
There were earlier reported fears that the country’s Football Association could prevent the team from playing after the organization came under judicial scrutiny over television revenue. At one point they were even odds-on on the StanJames betting index to stay at home, but their odds have drifted since.
There was a court order that a lawyer and an accountant be in the FA for three months to look at the mismanagement of funds, as there were reports that the FA had irregularities in the way they managed broadcasting funds.
The order included setting aside a scheduled presidential election. This was met with resistance from the board members who subsequently threatened to withdraw from the continental tournament.
However, AFA president Luis Segura denied the team would be flown home. He said "I'm not resigning and there is no possibility of the national team returning from the United States. There is no possibility the football will stop, nor that Boca Juniors won't play the Copa Libertadores."
The president referred to the upcoming semi finals in July where the club is the favourite to win. Argentina have been honing their preparations ahead of the campaign that begins this month.
The team, captained by World best player Lionel Messi, is favourites to win. Argentina lost on penalties in the final to last year's host Chile, making it two consecutive years of losses in international finals following their 2014 World Cup defeat by Germany.
The match last year had ended on a 0-0 score line. Chile proceeded to lift the trophy after a 4-1 victory through spot kicks. They begin this year’s Copa America Centenario against bitter rivals Chile on Monday. Then they would take on the other members of Group D, Bolivia and Panama.