Golden Team Soccer

CICIAS, Colombia — The star of Colombia’s national soccer team returned home Tuesday night after a nine-day trip that has turned into a family reunion.

Colombian soccer team captain Oscar Tabarez returned to the capital Bogota after a two-week tour of Asia and Africa, his team’s national team said in a statement.

He will remain in Colombia for a second day, but is expected to return to Bogota on Thursday.

Tabarez has not played for Colombia since November 2016, when he was suspended for one match after biting the leg of the referee in a friendly match.

He returned to action for Colombia in March, scoring three goals in seven matches before being suspended for another match.

His return to Colombia comes as the country is facing a deadly drug epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives and forced millions to flee the country.

Tabarak’s absence from Colombia has raised questions about the team’s ability to maintain its strong play and compete at the world level, where many of the world’s top clubs have been formed.

The Colombian team has also come under criticism for the use of the controversial new drug called “cocaine” by some critics, which has been blamed for the deaths of scores of players in recent years.