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Maradona to stay as Dubai sports ambassador

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Diego Maradona’s tenure as the honorary sports ambassador of Dubai has been extended for another year by the Dubai Sports Council.

In May 2011, Maradona became manager of the Dubai-based al-Wasl football club, and was dismissed in July last year.

However, within one month of his sacking, the 52-year-old Argentinian was offered the title of sports ambassador, a position he has held since.

“I’m so happy to renew my contract with the Dubai Sports Council, and I hope that my second year will be better than the previous one. I’ll try to utilize all my experience to support all sports in Dubai,” said Maradona at a press conference on Tuesday.

He “has been a legend on the field, and since the past one year, he has brought in so much added value to Dubai on and off the sports field,” said Dr Ahmed Sharif, secretary-general of the Dubai Sports Council.

Maradona “has always been the true face of sports and sporting events we organize through the season, and with the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year, we’re confident he’ll bring in much more through this association with Dubai and the Dubai Sports Council,” said Sharif.