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Maradona inaugurates football school in India

Diego Maradona was greeted by thousands of fans as he helped inaugurate a football school on the first day of his visit to promote the sport in India.

Diego Maradona, centre, shows his skills during a stone-laying ceremony for the Indian Football School in Calcutta.
Diego Maradona, centre, shows his skills during a stone-laying ceremony for the Indian Football School in Calcutta.

CALCUTTA // Diego Maradona was greeted by thousands of fans as he helped inaugurate a football school on the first day of his visit to promote the sport in India. Maradona helped lay down a foundation stone for the Indian Football School, which is being set up to train young talent and help spread the sport at a grass-roots level. The newly appointed Argentina coach was taken to the school on a bus, waving and blowing kisses to the throngs of fans lining the streets to get a glimpse of the football great. At the ceremony, Maradona kicked a football into the crowd before taking his shoe off to make a print of his famous left foot.

Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, was also set to watch an exhibition match with Indian players, before wrapping up his two-day visit by attending a clinic for young players organised by Indian club Mohun Bagan. *AP