The Petulant Child Remains: AFA Must Not Want To Win

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The Petulant Child Remains: AFA Must Not Want To Win
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News of the week is that Diego Maradona will remain Argentina’s head coach. This can only mean one thing: the Argentine Football Federation does not want to win.

After a dismal qualifying campaign and a World Cup that started out brightly but ultimately wound up ending with a bitter 4-0 defeat to European arch-rival Germany, one would think renewing him for four more years is not the best choice.

Without question, the people of Argentina love Maradona, given his heroics as a player in the 80’s.

But the fact is that he’s a poor coach.

In many ways he is more of a cheerleader and entertainer on the sidelines than a tactician; his 4-3-3 formation worked wonders against the likes of Mexico and Greece, teams with lots of openings in midfield and questionable defences in the World Cup so he would jump, run around, perform theatrics. But once his Messi-dependent scheme was slammed shut by Germany’s 4-5-1 formation, he immediately looked clueless and void of ideas as Oziil, Muller and Bastien Schweinsteiger put his team to the sword.

Now with the Copa America coming up and the Euro championship looming, the AFA should have followed the various examples of its fellow federations; Brazil’s CBF sacked Dunga immediately upon his return, just as Italia did with Marcelo Lippi.

But alas, they do not want to win.

One can only hope they see the light before it’s too late!

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