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Maradona set to take charge of Iraq?

Is Maradona Baghdad-bound? (©GettyImages)
Is Maradona Baghdad-bound? (©GettyImages).

Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming the next coach of Iraq. The footballing legend wants to take the war-torn country to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to an Argentine agent.

The Iraqi Football Federation want Maradona - who is currently a consultant for UAE club Al Wasl - to be the next boss of the national team, with the 52-year-old waiting to hear the outcome from a meeting of the Iraqi board.

According to Hernan Tofoni, a registered FIFA agent who is negotiating a contract on behalf of the Argentinian, Maradona is excited by the potential challenge of leading Iraq.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Tofoni said: "Diego is really enthused and phones us every day. He doesn't want to coach for the next six months but long-term.

"He is excited by the fact it is a challenge and that he'd be going to replace Zico."

Zico left his position as Iraq manager last month, but Maradona would certainly fill the void left by the Brazilian coach.

In 1986, Iraq managed to qualify for the World Cup, but failed to pick up any points in a group that contained Mexico, Paraguay and Belgium.

Currently, the team is trying to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Featuring in a group alongside the likes of Japan, Australia, Oman and Jordan, Iraq sit in third place with five points from as many matches.

Japan sit top of the pile with 13 points, with their nearest rivals, Australia, lying in second spot with five points, the same total as Iraq. With plenty of football left to play, there is a very real chance that Iraq could qualify for Brazil 2014 - and it could be Maradona that leads them on their way to glory.

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