Messi would only come back for the maplestory2 mesos
final, potentially decisive qualifier away to Ecuador at high altitude in Quito in October.
Bauza was appointed last July by Armando Perez, who headed a FIFA committee that administered the AFA and prepared it for the presidential election that Tapia won last month.Messi had quit international football after Argentina´s second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties by Chile in the United States in June, having missed the opening spot kick in the shootout.Bauza persuaded Messi to return in August and the captain responded with a goal in a 1-0 home win over Uruguay on Sept. 1.
The 59-year-old's team were unconvincing, though, with draws away to Venezuela and Peru, losses to Paraguay and Brazil and a win over Colombia between September and November.Messi missed all but the Brazil and Colombia matches through injury.Sampaoli quit as Chile coach after lifting the 2015 Copa America but had just taken charge at Sevilla when the Argentina job became vacant last July after Gerardo Martino resigned.
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trigger Sampaoli's release from Sevilla. (Additional reporting by Miguel Lobianco and Luis Ampuero; Editing by Ken Ferris and Nick Mulvenney) US could gain FIFA support through Mexico, Canada joint bid | Daily Mail Online