Eduardo Lara, who has been in interim charge of the Colombian national football team, was on Tuesday confirmed as the full-time manager.

Lara took over temporary charge of Colombia on 16 September after the sacking of Jorge Luis Pinto following the team's poor results in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Pinto came in for fierce criticism after two defeats, a 1-0 loss at home to Uruguay and then a 4-0 reverse against Chile in Santiago.

Lara, 49, who was previously coach of both the Under-17 and Under-20 national sides, has since overseen a goalless draw with Brazil and 1-0 loss to Paraguay.

Colombia are currently seventh in the South America Zone FIFA World Cup qualifying table after 10 matches, five points adrift of the fourth and last automatic qualifying spot for the finals - though the fifth placed side goes into a two-leg play-off against the fourth-placed team in the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone.