Maradona will be considered for UAE national team job, says president Al Serkal

Yousef Al Serkal was re-elected as the governing body's president on Tuesday and said it was a priority to find a new coach for the national team, with the Argentine in the mix
Newly re-elected UAE Football Association (UAE FA) president Yousef Al Serkal says Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona remains a contender for the vacant national team job.

The former Argentina coach, who has a year to run on his current contract with Al Wasl, has previously indicated he'd be interested in the role.

Al Serkal, who defeated Abdullah Hareb Al Falahi 24 votes to two in Tuesday's election to win another four-year term, said finding a new coach for the UAE national team was a top priority and added Maradona remained on the shortlist.

"He is now in the UAE family of football and we cannot overlook such an influential name in football. He will be considered," Al Serkal told reporters.

UAE crashed out of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race in the third round with Srecko Katanec sacked midway through the campaign and replaced by interim boss Abdullah Misfir. Al Serkal said one of the chief priorities of his new term was getting the national team in order.

"My top priority definitely is the national and the Olympic teams, and at the same time the Pro League, which is to improve the mentality of not only the players but the officials as well," he said.

The UAE FA president previously revealed in January that Maradona was on the shortlist for the job.

"Yes, we have thought of Maradona to lead the team," Al Serkal told Al Ittihad. "He is one of the names you cannot lose sight of, especially since he is already here."

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