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Sports Minister Eulogises Maradona

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By Tony Oji

The honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has condoled with Diego Maradona’s family over his death, Orient Sports reports.

He described the Napoli legend as a cut above the rest in his football skills, exploits on the field of play and continued love for the game until his death.

“Diego was a beauty to behold in the round leather game. He paved a formidable track for many footballers both retired and active with his dazzling skills and sense of creativity during his playing days”.

Dare also joined the rest of the world to celebrate the great football icon, Diego Maradona who passed away on Wednesday after suffering from cardiac arrest. He described him as a bundle of talents and a great asset to football development while he lived.

“He was a phenomenal, a rare gem of the round leather game. Diego Armando Maradona will remain one of the greats. No doubt, football and the entire world of sports have lost one of its greatest resourceful and enigmatic players”.

Orient Sports understands that the former Argentine midfielder, Diego Maradona passed away after suffering a Cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Meanwhile, before his death, he captained Argentina to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and ended his international career with 91 caps and 34 goals. He is one of the best that has ever played the game of football. Maradona equally ventured into coaching after his active time as a player.

It is on record that he was a pioneer for so many people in this sport and for so many aspects of the game that are now accepted as perfectly normal.

He was the first player to have a full-time agent, the first to have a physical trainer, one of the first players who would stand up and be counted and fight for the rights of the players to get a fair deal.

Maradona, also was one of the first to fight for the safety of those forced to play in dangerous sweltering weather – of the sort experienced at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He was the first player to be prepared to shout from the rooftops his belief that the world football governing body was completely rotten.

Yes of course, he did it soundly before FBI investigators began uncovering corruption within football’s world governing body. He did it at a time when no-one wanted to shake the table of men.

The football magician, who scored with ‘HAND OF GOD’, believed in natural justice. He believed it was the footballers who should pilot the affairs of round leather game and not the governing bodies. Throughout his career, he fought for a fairer deal, for more respect for talented players.

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