Maradona named chairman of Dinamo Brest

AFP | Published: 00:05, May 17,2018 | Updated: 01:12, May 17,2018

 
 

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona is coming to Belarus as chairman of a small top-flight club with big European ambitions. The Argentine legend posted a photo on Instagram late Tuesday of what Dinamo Brest said was a three-year contract to serve as chairman of the board. ‘Thanks for the trust and for thinking of me,’ Maradona wrote in his post. Dinamo Brest also posted pictures of the 1986 World Cup winner holding up a green and red Belarusian flag while wearing a matching black T-shirt and shorts. Maradona stepped down as coach of United Arab Emirates second division club Al-Fujairah last month after failing to secure their promotion. Dinamo Brest were acquired by new owners three years ago who are intent on breaking the historic dominance of the country’s two big sides: Dinamo Minsk and BATE Borisov. The 57-year-old will be in charge of the team’s transfer policy and strategic development. ‘Will Maradona be able to help Belarusian -- particularly Brest -- football? I think the answer is obvious,’ said club spokeswoman Olga Khizhinkova. She also insisted that the global star intended to spend most of his time in the small city on Belarus’s southwest border with Poland. ‘We are already looking for a place for him to live,’ Khizhinkova said. ‘We expect that if not the whole time, he is going to spend a substantial portion of his time in Brest.’ Dinamo currently sit eight in the 16-team Premier Division.

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