- Diego Maradona becomes chairman of Belarus club Dynamo Brest
- The Argentine legend parted ways with UAE club Al-Fujairah FC
- The 59-year old was FIFA ambassador at the concluded World Cup in Russia
Diego Maradona has taken over as chairman of Belarus soccer club Dynamo Brest on Monday after signing a three-year contract.
The Argentine legend said he hoped the country's President Alexander Lukashenko would become a fan after agreeing to take charge of the club that was rescued from bankruptcy two years ago.
He parted company with Al-Fujairah FC where he was coach of the United Arab Emirates club.
Maradona was a controversial figure at Russia 2018 World Cup where he was involved in matchday antics, including giving an obscene middle-finger gesture to Nigeria fans.
"I want to make a photo with Lukashenko, I hope he will become our fan," Maradona said at a press conference after landing in Brest to the cheers of two dozen supporters, and being given a traditional welcome of bread and salt.
"I can live without problems in Belarus," he added.
The Belarusian club have never won a league title and a local supporter told Reuters that until a couple of years ago the club had so little money that fans were sometimes asked to raise funds for team jerseys.
But following the arrival of a new investor from the UAE, the club has won two domestic cups and plans to build a new 30,000 capacity stadium.
"Given the fact that boss Diego will live in Brest, I think people will come from all over the world to watch the game," said the club's director of development Viktor Radkov.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Maradona offered to coach Argentina national team for free after their failure at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
His desire comes eight years after the 57-year-old former Napoli star coached Argentina in which they were sent out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by Germany.
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