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Diego Maradona joins as coach of Gulf outfit Al Fujairah SC

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Diego Armando Maradona has finally got a new job. The footballing legend will be returning to the Gulf to test his coaching skills once again. This time in the second tier of United Arab Emirates, as the coach of Al Fujairah SC in UAE Division One.

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The club said on their twitter page,”Official: Our giants coach of Al Fujairah” with a photo of Diego holding the red and white shirt of the club, a No 10 shirt of course!

The official Facebook page of the 1986 WC winner also confirmed the news,”I want to tell you that I am the new coach of Al Fujairah SC in the second division of the United Arab Emirates” with a picture of Maradona holding the No 10 shirt of the club alongside a club official.

He will replace Egyptian Ahmed Mostafa in the hotseat. The team is totally based upon UAE players and has three foreigners in their ranks. One of them is Diego’s fellow Latin American, striker Emiliano Alfaro of Uruguay who also tested his trade with Northeast United in Indian Super League.

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Diego’s coaching career began back in 1994 with Mandiyu Di Corrientes. Then in 1995 he took the helm of Racing Club but took a long sabbatical after failing there as well to live up to the expectation untill making a return as the coach of La Albiceleste in 2008. But after getting hammered by Germany in the 2010 FIFA WC, he again lost his job.

The Argentine legend returned to the world of coaching again in 2011, this time as the coach of Dubai based club Al Wasl. But just after one year, both parted ways adding one more gloomy chapter in his not so illustrious coaching career.

This time Maradona has a big challenge in hand. He has the responsibility to promote Al Fujairah back to UAE Arabian Gulf League or the Pro League, the top tier of football in UAE. He will also be the Technical Director of the side.

With his track record in the world of coaching, people may raise their eyebrows. But Diego would also like to prove his critics wrong this time around and try to minimise the stunning contrast between his life as a student and as a teacher!