The Argentina Football Association (AFA) plans to offer Diego Maradona a new contract that would see him at the helm of the country’s football team upto the 2014 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil.
Under Maradona, Argentina reachedthe quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa, and the renewed contract will see him in charge in the 2014 World Cup as well, assuming that the team qualify.
Julio Grondona, the AFA president, plans to meet Maradona, next week, with the proposed offer.
After Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany the former Argentine captain and World Cup winner in 1986 fuelled speculation that he would give up his job as the national team’s coach.
Maradona’s appointment as coach two years ago was mired in controversy. His lack of coaching experience and history of personal problems compounded his woes, as he did battle with the Argentine press, in the back drop of a struggling Argentine team in the qualifiers. Maradona used no fewer than 88 players in the national team in the 12 months leading up to the cup.
Argentina managed to qualify, barely scraping past Uruguay, 1-0, in a must-win last qualification match.
Argentina began sensationally in South Africa, winning their three group matches and the round of 16 match against Mexico without much ado., wit
But the well-organised German outfit negated Argentina’s array of attacking talent, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, before ruthlessly highlighting the defensive frailties of Maradona’s side.
But in the quarter-final, an all-star Argentina, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, and Gonzalo Higuain were dismantled by an organized German attack that exposed Argentina’s defensive weaknesses.
Maradona had hinted that he might quit the next day, but adding that he would consult his family before he took any step.
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