April 25, 2003 - Miguel Cambero will replace Cuban head coach David Suárez in the national team of Venezuela during the World League. Cambero will be assisted by Argimiro Méndez. Suárez is presently recovering from a meningitis virus and has decided to take a break to fully recover.
Head coach of Venezuela since 1992, Cuban Suárez was replaced also before for the Americas Cup 1999, when he was unable to obtain a visa for the United States.
According to the FVV oficials, Suárez will now coach the national youth team that will play in the U-19 World Championship in Thailand on July 5-13.
Miguel Cambero, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, coached the national youth team that won the bronze medal in the Youth World Championship in Poland 2001, and last year assisted Suárez in Argentina at the Men's World Championship.
players like Ernardo "Harry" Gómez, Ronald Méndez, Rodman Valera, Fredy Cedeño, Carlos Luna, Enderwuin Herrera, Juan Carlos Blanco, Iván Márquez and Daniel Mata were in the bronze medalist team and are now regular members of the Venezuelan World League team.
Venezuela is preparing for its third World League and Cambero's focus is to improve on last year's 13th place finish.
Venezuela however have drawn a tough Group A and meet current World League title holder Russia on 24-25 May in Cabimas with the return meet in Russia on June 13-15, Poland on May 31-June 1 in Barquisimeto; and the away match on June 6-8, and Spain on June 27-28 in Cabimas, closing out in Spain on June 20-22. For Venezuela, the World League is also the perfect opportunity to prepare for the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in August.