The reasons stipulated are “the indefinition in the designation of new authorities by AFA, and the heavy inconveniences in forming a squad to represent the country in the upcoming Olympic Games.” In the South American World Cup qualifying group, Argentina are in third place with 11 points from 18, two points behind leaders Uruguay and Ecuador. 05/07/2016 The training camp ahead of the Olympics were planned for this Monday, July 4 but were postponed until July 11 as there were only nine confirmed players. These included the likes of Angel Correa, of Atletico Madrid, Geronimo Rulli, of Real Sociedad, and Leandro Paredes, of Empoli. Star Leo Messi announced his international retirement after the loss in this summer’s tournament, held in the United States. Sport EN Argentina have serious problems in gathering a group of players to participate in the Rio event, as the majority of clubs have refused to allow the players selected by Martino to attend. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In a statement, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that “the technical staff of the national team have presented their resignations today.” Martino took over as Argentina boss from Alejandro Sabella in August 2014, soon after the World Cup final defeat to Germany. Under Martino, the Argentine national team lost on penalties in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016, both times to Chile. Following the earlier news on Tuesday, that ‘Tata’ Martino had resigned as Argentina head coach, the reasons behind his decision have now been made clear. Shortly before the decision by Martino was made public, the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee admitted there was a 50% chance that the country would decline to participate in Brazil.