Gilberto Moncayo, coach and selector from Quindío born in Armenia in 1953, says between laughs that they owed him the second surname. Soccer and everything that this sport implies — team play, passion, discipline, responsibility — he discovered through his father, who when Moncayo was still very young, took him to the San José stadium to the sparrow stands and told him passed on his love for football.
Already older, around 1970, with residents of the neighborhood where he grew up, on 50th Street in the Tres Esquinas area, they organized a team they called Tortugas: “It was a kind of mockery of the community action board of the time,” however, that was his start in the world of football.
Moncayo studied at the Simón Bolívar School for a few years and completed his academic baccalaureate at the Alfonso López Pumarejo educational institution. He was never enthusiastic about going to university, he was clear about what he wanted for his life: sports.
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He started as a coach because he was not good at football, but since he was passionate about the sport, he decided to develop the technical part, be the intelligence and the creator of the team’s strategies. “To play he was a yucca, he only kicked”, adds Moncayo. “From then until now, football is my life.”
In 1988, he achieved the first national subtitle, a success that opened the doors for him to moving from the soccer league to Deportes Quindío, which he accompanied at various times.
Already in 1989 until 1992, he joined the National School of Sport, which at that time was located in Cali. He was invited to be part of teams from other departments such as Tolima, but for various reasons or commitments that he had, he always stayed in Quindío. He was the coach of the Colombia U-17 team, worked with Pecoso Castro, Álvaro de Jesús Gómez, Carlos Mario Hoyos, Óscar Quintabani, Luis Fernando Valencia, among others. so many.
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He is currently a coach at Armenia Fútbol Club. “Overall, a good job was done. I can rest easy because I have done many things for the department of Quindío. We won 2 national titles and 5 national sub-championships and 3 times we came in third place, this can hardly be equaled”.
Gilberto Moncayo’s career has been relevant in Quindío. About this, Hernán Darío Trejos, director of Alianza Fútbol Club in La Tebaida, pointed out: “The experience was very gratifying, in 1995 we were just starting out in the first team of Quindío. Thanks to Moncayo’s knowledge we were able to win and achieve many things. He has done a very dedicated job and with a lot of responsibility”.
A brief overview of football in Quindío, what does it show?
Sometimes they are very good during the week, but on Saturdays or Sundays you don’t see them directing a game, on other days we are all very artistic, but the tactical part is missing. This is very important, it is necessary to go deeper and for that, training and experience are necessary. I learned group management from many professional technicians. For example, with Álvaro de Jesús Gómez, Alberto Rujana and Óscar Quintabani, to mention just a few, I learned about tactics.
The day the importance of the tactical aspect is recognized and we improve on this level, we will once again achieve recognition at a national level.
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At this moment, what projections do you have?
At school we have always worked with a goal. Armenia Fútbol Club is the school that has contributed the most Quindian players to the team. That is very satisfying, this fills me with joy and as long as I can I will continue on the courts, that is my hope and I am in a position to do many things.
What have you been most passionate about football?
This is my life. Since I’ve been aware, as the story goes, I’ve had football in my blood. My father instilled this sport in me, he took me to work, train, kick and play. I was going to watch the games from the stadium in the morning and I thought that one day I was going to change some things that were not right.
Thank God I’ve come a long way, a good job has been done, although I think more can always be done.