‘My soul hurts’ – Maradona rues debut defeat

first_imgDiego Maradona believed his Gimnasia team was the superior side in their 2-1 defeat to Argentina champions Racing Club, as he lamented his “soul hurt” after their inability to find an equaliser in his coaching debut at the club.The 58-year-old was appointed by the Superliga strugglers on September 5 following a short spell out of the game for health reasons.It is the Argentina legend’s first job in his homeland since leaving the national team in 2010 and he vowed to save Gimnasia’s season when taking over. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But reigning champions Racing, who Maradona coached briefly over two decades ago, added to his new side’s woes on Sunday with a narrow victory at Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo.Ariel Matias Garcia cancelled out Diego Gonzalez’s first-half goal to give Maradona’s men hope of claiming a point, only for Matias Zaracho to swiftly restore the visitors’ lead in the 54th minute.A deflated Maradona insisted his side were good value for at least a point.”We didn’t stop looking for the equaliser. These things happen in football and you have to turn the page,” he said.”My soul hurts because I don’t think the champions of Argentina were better than us. At no time were they better than us.”But they have quality players who keep the ball and you can’t get it, you have to run twice as much.”Gimnasia have now lost five and drawn one of their opening six matches and remain bottom of the table.Maradona, who won the World Cup as Argentina captain in 1986, arrives at the club in his latest stop in a nomadic managerial career.He had a spell as head coach at Racing Club in 1995, but an unsuccessful tenure saw him take a break from the game before returning as national team manager in 2008. He took the Albiceleste to the 2010 World Cup but was sacked after a troubled campaign in South Africa.Since then he has taken a number of smaller profile jobs, most recently in the Mexican Second Division with Dorados.He left that club in June, for health reasons, but was tempted back by Gimnasia earlier in September.Maradona’s team face Tallares Cordoba on September 23 before a game with River Plate, fierce rivals of Boca Juniors, where he spent two spells as a player, on the 28th.last_img read more

Seven member TNA delegation head for India

A seven member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will leave for India today for crucial talks with the Indian government.The delegation led by TNA leader R. Sambanthan will include Suresh Premachandran, M.A Sumanthiran, Mavai Senathirajah and Selvam Adaikalanathan. Meanwhile a senior leader in the group told The Hindu newspaper that New Delhi must convey to the Sri Lankan leadership that long lasting peace can only come through meaningful devolution. Prior to their departure to New Delhi the TNA delegation had met in Colombo yesterday and had a special discussion regarding their agenda for the talks in India. “The PSC has 31 members. We will have 5 members. They will suggest to scrap the 13th Amendment…Their agenda for the PSC is to take away the 13th Amendment,” he said.That is why, Mr. Sumanthiran said, the TNA had made its participation in the PSC conditional to a guarantee from the government that the agenda for discussions would not go below a certain existing devolution threshold.The TNA has said it wants the PSC to discuss five existing documents on devolution, prepared by the previous governments and the Rajapaksa government. However, before that “intense talks” between the Tamil grouping and the government were needed for consensus on a solution, it said. A senior Sri Lankan Minister, on the other hand, said it wanted India to use its good offices to prevail upon the Tamil political grouping to agree to a Parliamentary Select Committee process for hammering out a solution.Amid speculation here that the TNA had been “summoned” to New Delhi to be told to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee — announced by the Rajapaksa government — TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said he feared that the committee would be used as an instrument to scrap the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which provides for limited devolution of power to the provinces. Dismissing the TNA’s fears as “unfounded”, Foreign Minister G.L. Pieris told The Hindu that had the aim been to scrap the 13th Amendment, it could be done directly in Parliament, as the government had a two-thirds majority. read more