Diego Maradona dedicated
victory to the mothers of Argentina after his team Al Wasl made
a winning start to their league season with a 3-0 win over
Sharjah on Sunday.
Victory in the final first-round match of the 12-team United
Arab Emirates professional league was secured thanks to a
hat-trick by one of Maradona's recent signings, Uruguayan
striker Juan Olivera.
The 50-year-old former Argentina World Cup-winning captain,
in his first coaching assignment since parting company with his
national team following last year's World Cup, spent most of the
match prowling his technical area.
Dressed in a black team polo shirt and black shorts,
Maradona punched the air each time his side scored, hugged his
coaching staff and even kissed Olivera on top of his head as the
pair celebrated the third goal.
"I dedicate this win to my mother and my daughter, who's
also a mother, and all the mothers in Argentina," Maradona told
"The win came from excellent performances from the players.
"I didn't tell my mother when we lost 5-0 to Dubai [in their
last match] but I'm happy to share the score with her today."
The match was a scrappy affair lacking quality and not
helped by the energy-sapping humidity that is a feature of early
and late-season matches in the UAE.
Olivera's first goal came from the penalty spot on 15
minutes after he was adjudged to have been fouled while
competing for a cross.
The tall striker's second on 54 minutes was a tap-in set up
by Argentine playmaker Mariano Donda and he completed his
hat-trick 20 minutes from time, running on to a flick-on by the
third foreign player in Maradona's squad, Chilean winger Edson
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