Edwards Jimenez aims to restart his career after helping Colombia win a FIFPro tournament for out-of-work footballers.
The veteran 35-year-old striker (pictured left) levelled and teammate Joao Escobar got the winner as the host beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Cali.
Among other seasoned pros in the Colombian team was Nelson Rivas, a 33-year-old center back who won a league title with Inter Milan during a career that also took in stints in Argentina, Ukraine and Major League Soccer.
It was the seventh edition of the event organized by FIFPro’s Division Americas. Each national team is organized by their respective national player union and club representatives are invited to scout for talent.
“I hope my mobile phone rings with an interesting offer because I’ve still got a lot to give,” Jimenez, who has played for more than a dozen clubs in Colombia and Mexico, told reporters.
Peru, last year’s winner, finished third after beating Brazil with a goal by Johan Fano, a 38-year-old former national team center forward. Teams from Mexico and Uruguay also took part in the tournament.
(Pictured right, the victorious Colombian team celebrates with officials of Colombian player union Acolfutpro and other South American player unions.)
- Published: 20 January 2017