Culiacan (Mexico), Sep 12 (CNMSPORTS) - Argentina's football legend Diego Armando Maradona has accepted the position of coach of Dorados of Sinaloa, currently at the bottom of Mexico's second division, and promised to look after the team like a father who tucks his son in.
"I assume this responsibility like someone who has a child in his arms," the retired football star said at a press conference on Monday in which he proclaimed to being mentally prepared to spend a long time with the team, reports EFE news agency.
Shaved, apart from a gray-haired padlock beard, and wearing a Dorados cap and shirt, Diego admitted that he had issues with drug and alcohol abuse and said he was ready to work on his recovery with a life dedicated to what he loves most, "soccer."
"To the people of Culiacan I say that we don't come for a walk, we don't come for vacations, we come to work, and I came to give my heart" he said.
Diego arrived in Culiacan, a city about 1,200 km northwest of Mexico City, located in the heartland of the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a surprise move that shook the foundations of Mexican soccer and upon his arrival caused seismic emotions in the city of the state of Sinaloa.