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Maradona in line for UAE job

17 May 2012 09:12

UAE Football Association president Yousef Al Serkal says Diego Maradona remains a contender for the vacant national team job.

The former Argentina coach, who has a year to run on his contract with Al Wasl, has previously indicated he would be interested in the role.

Al Serkal said finding a new coach for the UAE national team was a top priority, and added Maradona remained on the shortlist.

"He is now in the UAE family of football and we cannot overlook such an influential name in football. He will be considered," Al Serkal told reporters.

UAE crashed out of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race in the third round with Srecko Katanec sacked midway through the campaign and replaced by interim boss Abdullah Misfir.

Al Serkal said getting the national team in order was one of his main goals.

"My top priority definitely is the national and the Olympic teams, and at the same time the Pro League, which is to improve the mentality of not only the players but the officials as well," he said.

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