MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The man who coached Club Leon to Mexico's soccer championship less than two weeks ago has been hospitalized with pneumonia related to COVID-19, the club announced Friday.
The team's official Twitter account said in a brief post that Ignacio Ambriz was ''stable, under medical observation and evolving in a favorable manner.''
Leon defeated Pumas 2-0 on Dec. 13 to win the Apertura championship in Mexico's twice-a-year season system. The team earned 40 points during the tournament - just three short of the short-season record.
Ambriz, 55, played as a defender for several clubs in the Mexican league and was capped 64 times for the national team, which he captained at the 1994 World Cup.
As a coach, he led Puebla, San Luis, Guadalajara, Queretaro, America and Necaxa before taking over at Leon in 2018.