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Dec 20, 2012

Maradona set for Iraq post

Footballing legend Diego Maradona is set to become the new coach of Iraq's national football team, according to Argentinian sources.

The former Argentina player and manager is best known for his starring role in the World Cup winning side of 1986 and the runners-up in 1990 but he also managed the Argentinian national team to the quarter-finals during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Iraq are currently in third place in Asia's Group B with five points from five matches behind Japan and Australia and the potential appointment of Maradona, who will replace former Brazilian star Zico, outlines their desire to reach the 2014 World Cup finals.

"We received the offer and contacted Diego, who accepted it," an agent for World Eleven, Hernan Tofoni, told the website canchallena.com.

"The executive committee of the Iraqi Football Federation is to meet on Friday to confirm the financial terms of the deal.

World Eleven, which also manages the international activities of the Argentinian national team, was asked to facilitate the agreement.

"Diego is really enthused and phones us every day. He doesn't just want to coach (Iraq) for the next six months but long term," Tofoni added.

"He is excited by the fact that it's a challenge and that he'd be going to replace Zico."

Zico resigned as coach of Iraq's national team in November, saying the country's football association has failed to abide by the terms of his contract.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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