December 20, 2012
Diego Maradona's name has surfaced as a candidate for Iraq's head coach.
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An Argentine representing Diego Maradona says the legendary star is a leading candidate to take over as coach of Iraq's national team.

Hernan Tofoni was quoted by Argentina's state-run news agency Telam as saying the leadership of the Iraq football association was expected to meet Friday and complete an offer to Maradona.

Tofoni told Telam that Iraq had wanted to hire an Argentine coach and Maradona's name surfaced as a candidate.

Tofoni is the general manager of World Eleven, which organizes international friendly matches for Argentina's national team.

The Iraqi federation could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

Tofoni confirmed on Twitter that the Iraqi federation was dealing with World Eleven over the possibility of signing Maradona.

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