x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Diego Maradona is DSC football team's not-so secret weapon

The Dubai Sports Council's Over 38 team have an ace up their sleeve as they aim to progress to the knockout stages of the 7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League.

Diego Maradona, left, starred in Dubai Sports Council's 3-2 win over Dubai Courts, scoring twice. Courtesy Ahmed Nabil
Diego Maradona, left, starred in Dubai Sports Council's 3-2 win over Dubai Courts, scoring twice. Courtesy Ahmed Nabil

DUBAI // The Dubai Sports Council's Over 38 team have an ace up their sleeve as they aim to progress to the knockout stages of the 7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League - Fifa's Player of the Century.

The looks on the faces of players of Dubai Muncipality's team will be priceless when they trot onto the pitch tomorrow night at Dubai Police Officers Club and realise they are facing Diego Maradona - one of the greatest footballers of all time.

The Argentine legend may be slightly heavier than in his playing days, but this is still the man who terrorised defences, famous for, among other things, his World Cup wonder strike against England in 1986.

Maradona is in the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) squad for their match against the Municipality, which they must win to make the knockout stages of the tournament.

The South American, who is employed by DSC as a Dubai sports ambassador, has already played one match in the competition, scoring twice and setting up another in a 3-2 win over Dubai Courts.

DSC will hope that the former Argentina and Al Wasl manager can reproduce that form against the defending champions as they seek to enter the knockout stages.

Fans can attend the matches at the Police Officers Club tonight and for the quarter-finals on Saturday, with games and special areas set up for children, and the chance to win a Chevrolet car on the final day.

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