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If Diego Maradona is serious
about running for the Fifa pres-
idency, he still has a lot of work
to do just to get on the ballot.
The former Argentina soccer star
with a history of on- and-off-the
field controversy would need to
persuade five of Fifa s member asso-
ciations to nominate him and then
pass an integrity check.
Maradona s desire to run for Fifa s
top job was reported by Victor Hugo
Morales, a journalist close to the
Morales, who hosts a show on
the regional network Telesur, said
on Twitter that Maradona told him
he plans to be candidate.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter
announced this month that he
would be stepping down --- four
days after being elected for a fifth
term --- amid a US probe into $150
million in bribes allegedly paid to
top soccer officials.
Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro immediately called for
Maradona to replace him.
Maradona has been a high-profile
supporter of Venezuela s socialist
government and a sharp critic of
corruption in soccer.
Maradona s long list of provoca-
tive incidents would seem to go
against the image that soccer s
world governing body will want to
embrace as it digs out from its worst
Among other things:
Maradona has tax problems
in Italy, where his debts total tens
of millions of dollars accrued from
his 1984-91 stint playing with
He was suspended for 15
months in April 1991 for testing
positive for cocaine while playing
He was banished from the
1994 World Cup for doping. He
tested positive for five types of stim-
ulants and diet pills after a group-
stage match against Nigeria.
He was accused of cheating
when he punched in the "Hand of
God" goal against England at the
1986 World Cup, where he inspired
Argentina to the title.
In 1994, Maradona fired an
air gun at reporters and was given
a two-year suspended sentence.
Last year, he slapped a journalist
in the face and called him an "idiot"
outside a theater in Buenos Aires.
His tumultuous personal life
has often been a target for local
media in Argentina. In the often
mysterious world of Fifa politics, it
is far from clear which five of the
209 member would choose to
nominate Maradona and why they
would do it.
Cuba is perhaps one country
which could back him, having wel-
comed Maradona as a regular visitor
to his friend Fidel Castro.
Venezuela is another ally because
of Maduro s vocal support.
Still, Fifa s rules prohibiting polit-
ical interference in soccer could
complicate those potential nomi-
nations. It is difficult to see
Maradona s native Argentina nom-
inating him, given the dire state of
relations that existed between him
and long-time federation president
Julio Grondona, who died last July.
Grondona s allies and entourage
still have influence and a request
to support Maradona s nomination
would likely be seen as an insult to
the former strongman of Argentine
Maradona also appeared to wear
out his welcome in the United Arab
Emirates, the only country where
he coached since leading Argentina
at the 2010 World Cup.
Many soccer officials worldwide
still support Blatter and will not
have forgotten Maradona s language
toward the now-outgoing Fifa pres-
ident during his recent re-election
"I think we have a good chance
to kick (Sepp) Blatter in the rear
end ---without a doubt," Maradona
said in April.
Even if Maradona secured the
required backers, his problems to
get on the ballot paper would only
just be starting.
Fifa election rules require manda-
tory integrity checks for presidential
hopefuls within 10 days before they
are officially accepted as candi-
The checks are overseen by Fifa s
election monitor---audit and com-
pliance committee chairman
Domenico Scala---and performed
by the investigation chamber of the
governing body s ethics committee.
That panel is chaired by Swiss
prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who
succeeded his former boss Michael
Garcia last December.
Scala could also rule on whether
Maradona fulfils the basic election
requirement of holding official posi-
tions in soccer for at least two of
the five years before election day.
Maradona s coaching spell with
UAE club Al Wasl lasted just over
a year in 2011-12.
Maradona's road to
filled with obstacles
react as they
stand next to
before a Copa
B soccer match
Paraguay at La
stadium in La
ABUJA---The Nigeria Football Feder-
ation said it has been assured that
coach Stephen Keshi will honour his
two-year contract despite being named
as a candidate to take charge of African
champion Ivory Coast.
The NFF said Keshi, who signed a
new contract in April, is "very happy"
with his job in Nigeria.
Keshi was on a list of more than 50
candidates published recently by the
Ivorian federation to take over from
Frenchman Herve Renard.
But in a weekend statement, the NFF
said Keshi s manager, Emmanuel Addo,
had given assurances that "as a pro-
fessional, he (Keshi) will see out his
Keshi coached Nigeria to the 2013
African Cup of Nations title, but has
had a turbulent time in charge. He
resigned in 2013 and was fired last year.
He was reinstated both times.
Keshi s success in leading Africa s
most populous country to its first con-
tinental title in 19 years, and into the
second round at the World Cup in Brazil,
was tempered when Nigeria failed to
qualify for the 2015 African Cup to
defend that title.
Keshi, a former national-team cap-
tain, went through a long contract nego-
tiation process before agreeing to a new
deal two months ago.
He had previously been critical of the
NFF for the way it treated him but still
agreed to return.
Addo said Keshi was pleased to be
considered as a candidate by Ivory Coast
but would be staying with Nigeria, with
the 2017 African Cup and 2018 World
Cup qualifying competitions ahead.
Addo didn t say if Keshi had applied
for the Ivorian job amid reports that
the NFF was investigating if Keshi
approached the Ivory Coast federation.
The NFF also announced that goal-
keeper Vincent Enyeama will appear at
a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after
questioning the national federation s
decision to hold a recent World Cup
qualifying game against Chad in the
northern city of Kaduna.
Enyeama, who plays for French club
Lille, made "uncomplimentary remarks"
regarding safety and security in Kaduna,
the NFF said. He also failed to reply to
messages from the NFF seeking an
explanation for his comments.
Nigeria won the June 13 game 2-0
to open its World Cup qualifying cam-
Nigeria says coach Keshi
will honour contract
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