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Maradona keen to coach Venezuela

Caracas: Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup.

Cesar Farias quit in November last year after the Venezuelan team, which is known as the ‘Vinotinto’ (Red Wine) for its burgundy-coloured kit, missed out on the Brazil finals.

The Venezuelan Soccer Federation has not made any announcements about a replacement despite rumours that several coaches of local teams are being considered.

“I look for serious projects... and think that yes, if it’s with security, then maybe,” World Cup winner Maradona said on a regional television network, when asked about the possibility.

Maradona, whose well-known leftist politics made him an ally of the country’s socialist government, said he planned to visit President Nicolas Maduro after the World Cup.