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Maradona talks of quitting

BUENOS AIRES, October 8- Under-pressure Argentina coach Diego Maradona has announced that he might quit after must-win World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.MARADONA_"After the qualifiers, I will talk to (Argentine football federation chariman) Julio (Grondona)," Maradona told reporters Tuesday.

"I’ll see if I carry on, and it will be on my conditions," he said.

"When Julio offered me this job, I was the happiest man in the world, but since there have been things that I have not liked," Maradona said, without further explanation.

Relations between Maradona and general manager Carlos Bilardo, his coach for the 1986 World Cup triumph in Mexico, have become increasingly fraught ahead of Saturday’s match against lowly Peru, hence the hint he might walk away once the programme of matches is over.

He was appointed in November last year but recent poor form, including back-to-back losses at home to Brazil and in Paraguay, has left Argentina fifth in the regional standings.

That would only be enough to send them into the playoffs against the fourth-placed Central American zone team.

Argentina, World Cup champions in 1978 as well as 1986, last failed to make the finals in 1970.

Maradona is battling to find the right formula with morale having sagged following four losses in five games – including a 6-1 hiding in Bolivia.

Argentina face Peru in Buenos Aires on Saturday and travel to Montevideo four days later. Uruguay will have every incentive to win as they can still grab fourth spot in the group and an automatic finals berth.

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Without mentioning Bilardo, Maradona has implied that the general manager should have tried harder to persuade Manchester City to release Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta to join the squad early.

"Somebody should have gone over there and asked and brought them back," Maradona complained.

Compounding his frustration was the fact that Zabaleta picked up a hamstring injury in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and so will be unavailable anyway.

Both he and Tevez said they felt they had an obligation to turn out for City in an important league match.

Meanwhile, the Peruvian Football Federation on Wednesday denied rumours in the media that their players had received cash to go out an make an extra effort to beat Argentina.

"I absolutely don’t believe it," said Federation president Manuel Burga.

"To give money to win or lose is to be condemned either way," he added.

Federation committee official Jose Antonio Rios also denied that Peru had received any incentive to beat Uruguay 1-0 in a recent encounter, that result keeping the Uruguayans behind Argentina.

"That is completely untrue. The only thing which motivates the players is to defend tooth to the end the Peruvian colours and that is what they will do against Argentina."

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On Tuesday, Pevuvian sports daily El Bocon had suggested the Peruvians had been offered a mysttery incentive.

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  1. Mariko

    April 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Well stated for the treasury mandarins and the uninformed governors

  2. Duncan Muchina

    April 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Creation of wealth in Counties will make Kenya better.

  3. Muli Ben

    April 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    what we are witnessing is very disgusting? why the flags and salary first and not what what servers wanjiku?

  4. gedimuhando

    April 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

    wishing my best have the facts but remember the government in power tends to exhibit nepotistic tendencies.You should have known better when you served time.

  5. Gichira Peter

    April 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

    We hear you Governor. I however do not understand how you and your colleagues expected things to be worked out before you came into office. Wasnt what was done by Treasury part of the transition? I mean, assuming that the money should have been disbursed to the counties, who should have been the one recieving it? The county commissioner’s office? I guess not. Ok, I feel that there are major grievances that the Governors voiced but I think you guys are more concerned with pay-checks, power and image than the practicalities of the day and indeed, Wanjiru, Mumbua or Moraa. I think governors have to be pragmatic as they are also servant-leaders otherwise we shall have only got 47 Mois with absolute powers spread around the country in the name of devolution.

    To all members of County Assemblies, pliz can you smell the coffee? These aint just your ordinary governors; they are Their Excellencies GOVERNORS with a flag and a county standard. These jobs and wealth will only result from the vigilance of your assemblies.

  6. Nyakenda

    April 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Well said my governor we the people of Machakos wants to see you and your team working. Governors should not allow county commissioners to control their resources and if they allow them then it shall be the end of devolution. Mr governor once you get the money remember your voters in Muthwani ward, we urgently need our access road between Utawala and Katani graded. At the moment vehicles cannot access the estates along that road as it is a black cotton road that is rendered impassable during rainy season. Mr governor we have a lot of faith in you and your team and the county reps that you will do a good job. God bless

    • Ngoma

      April 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      You will be waiting for long my friend Mutua is all talk and no action.

  7. Jackin

    April 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Thank God! We still have great minds in the midst of a bunch of spoilt rotten self seeking political puppets that we Kenyans blindly adore! SMH!

  8. Patrick Mukora

    April 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    … then prove it by getting to work … let the others strut around … its those counties that generate wealth that will survive …

  9. Ngoma

    April 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Nonsense! You are all seeking glory, flags, numbers plates, diplomatic passports and more trips abroad to sleep around with young women. You being leader of the latter.

  10. Wanyoike

    April 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    You claim in your article that at Jomo’s death “we were at par with countries like South Korea and ahead of others such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.” Now that is what we call illusion. And for a man who was Govt Spokesman, and is now Governor of a critical county, a serious concern. It shows that over time, we have come to believe the fairy tale of how relatively advanced we were 40 – 50 yrs ago, before Moi messed it all up. The truth is, at independence black Africans as a group were barely literate. Whole tribes like the Pokot, Turkana and others had virtually nobody who’d gone past class 8. Now compare that to say, Korea: Koreans were printing books by 750AD. They were fighting using cannon by 1350AD. If you were to compare the Korean war, and the Mau Mau rebellion (which occurred over roughly the same period), you will see what nonsense it is to claim that we were at par. The assumption that the wealth, education and technical skill of the European settlers was in any way representative of the black African, or post-independence Kenya is ridiculous. This repeated claim that Kenya was level with East Asian countries by all manner of people, from journalists right up to PM Odinga needs to stop; it is lazy and embarrassing.

  11. Francis

    April 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I repeat it here again , your argument is a juvenile as they come. An “educated Kenyan” telling his people that the problem is “getting money/controlling money”. Where does the money come from? You want money from other counties to dish out/control? Where are your blue-prints of wealth creation/poverty reduction? You first agenda is your salaries/flags/servants and bodyguards? It is the educated fools like yourselves and myself who have dragged our nation behind.Educated at taxpayers/family cost instead of offering solutions we complain/demand more from those who sacrificed on our behalf.The reason why the so called Asian Tigers are where they are is because they have fewer Mutuas and more Bill Gates-wealth creators as opposed wealth eaters.I guess there are so many young boys and girls from the great county of Machakos who cannot pay school fees/walk to school bare feet as you make the flag and motorcade your first item.You served the last government to the end and now are telling us about 50yrs ago? What did you and the VP do other than defecting to CORD? Have you no shame? You should have made sure the government heard you as you were its mouth.Until you present a budget to your county assembly and learn how to generate money/wealth for your county you should shut up continue your personal pursuit of power and glory. Governors are not central bank branches where money should be deposited- they are chairmen of their village barazas where people through county reps. will make their voices known and agendas brought forth.Those who think their offices are new ATMs are so out of place and it has shown very clearly.

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