Cairo – Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona has reached an agreement to become coach of the Dubai club Al Wasl, club executives announced Monday.
"Maradona signed a two-year agreement with the club," Al Wasl executive director Ashraf Ahmad Mohammed announced in an exclusive statement to the digital edition of the U.A.E. daily Sport360.
The daily added that it is expected that the 50-year-old Maradona, erstwhile manager of the Argentine national team, will assume his new post in July.
The club's president, Marwan bin Bayat, said that the contract shows that Al Wasl "has become a synonym for achievements of that caliber."
"We're very happy to welcome Maradona as part of a long list of honors in the club's history," he added.
Bin Bayat said the decision to hire Maradona is a step to "establish unprecedented standards" in regional soccer, adding that the Argentine "can be an inspiration for young people" in the United Arab Emirates.
The announcement was made after Maradona completed a visit last weekend to Dubai, where he had the chance to familiarize himself with the Al Wasl facilities.
Al Wasl, founded in 1960, was the winner of the U.A.E. 2006-2007 league and the 2007 President's Cup.
This is the first job that Maradona has had since leaving his position as Argentina's national coach after last year's World Cup tournament, where Argentina suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Germany in the quarterfinals.