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Maradona optimistic

BUENOS AIRES, May 21 – Argentina coach Maradona held his first training session with his World Cup squad on Thursday, and said he had high hopes for the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa."Our World Cup starts today because we start work with 17 players. We have high hopes," said Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986.

Maradona was without five players for his first trip onto the paddock with his South Africa-bound squad.

Sergio Aguero played in Wednesday’s King’s Cup in Spain for his club Atletico Madrid, while Inter Milan duo Walter Samuel and Diego Milito, and Bayern Munich’s Martin Demichelis were all in Madrid ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

Clemente Rodriguez and Juan Sebastian Veron were to play for Estudiantes later Thursday.

Two-time champions Argentina were drawn alongside Nigeria, Euro 2004 champions Greece and 2002 semi-finalists South Korea in Group B and begin their campaign against the African side on June 12.

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  1. Edwin Maina

    May 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This is a good read Mt. Ambassador. However, the facts tell a different story. For example:
    1: You say that ‘The political and cultural relationship between our countries has a long tradition’ This relationship basically benefits 1 side. While we buy expensive machinery and cars e.g. Mercedes from Germany, you buy only raw products from us e.g. tea, coffee and flowers. Why hasn’t Germany helped us to build industries to process our tea?
    2: You say that ‘Germany was also the first country to recognize an independent Kenya in 1963’ This is true but your country was not doing it for altruistic reasons. Germany and UK has been rivals for long. Its only natural that Germany would quickly recognise the independence of her rival’s colony.
    The whole issue of culture (music, food, films etc) is again one sided and intended to make us loyal to Germany and have a favourable impression to Deutschland…

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