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Maradona set to land Iraq role

21 December 2012 01:33

Diego Maradona is reportedly interested in becoming the new head coach of Iraq's national football team.

The World Cup winner with Argentina has been out of work since leaving Al Wasl earlier this year, and the gulf nation role has been vacant since Zico resigned in November.

The Iraqi Football Association (IFA) has moved for the former Napoli star, who could take charge until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Two days ago we received the offer and Diego is interested," Hernan Tofoni of World Eleven, the organisation that handles the Argentine legend's affairs, told Goal.com.

"He wants to coach again, but we are still to reach an agreement that suits both parties. However, both he and the Federation are very excited. Between tomorrow and Sunday we will come to a conclusion.

"The IFA's idea is that Maradona's contract, in principle, will last six months. If he does well they could extend his contract until after the World Cup."

Iraq have reached the World Cup finals just once, in 1986 in Mexico.

They currently lie third in Group B in the fourth round of Asian World Cup qualifiers, behind Japan and Australia.

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