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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Diego goes east

Maradona’s return to management in Fujairah will delight players and fans
Diego Maradona will return to management in the UAE next season in Fujairah. Mohammed Dabbous / Reuters
Diego Maradona will return to management in the UAE next season in Fujairah. Mohammed Dabbous / Reuters

Highway 84, the road that links Dubai on the west coast with Fujairah on the east, is about to get a lot more traffic with the announcement that Diego Maradona will return to management in the UAE next season in Fujairah.

Fujairah’s team – not unlike their new manager – is not at the peak of its powers, languishing in the UAE’s second tier. But Maradona is box office. There will be players in Fujairah who will be coached by a man who has held aloft football’s greatest trophy. Maradona the footballer was absolutely astonishing, by some margin one of the greatest ever to have played the beautiful game. What he can teach young players on the pitch will help them compete to their highest ability.

Off the pitch, Maradona has had some well publicised difficulties. But there are many who will make the journey to Fujairah just to see him. Off the pitch and on, there is still more stardust for the man to sprinkle.