Maradona raised eyebrows when it was announced in September he was taking the managing job at struggling Dorados, who were then in 13th place in their 15-team league.Skeptics questioned what interest the 1986 World Cup champion from Argentina, who has publicly battled drug addiction and alcoholism, could have in moving to a place better known for drug cartels than football.But he answered his critics with an emphatic series of wins, improbably coaching the team to the championship and within spitting distance of promotion to the first division.Maradona, standing, had to watch the final from the stands after being sent off near the end of his team’s first-leg victory for launching a tirade against officials © AFP / Ulises RuizMaradona, 58, had to watch the match from the stands, after being sent off near the end of Dorados’s first-leg victory for launching a tirade against the officials when he thought his team should have been awarded a penalty.His club opened the scoring in the central city of San Luis Potosi, and claimed the lead again in the 57th minute after the hosts equalized.That second Dorados goal, in particular, elicited a euphoric celebration from El Diego, who used a walkie-talkie throughout the match to give orders to his assistant coach, Luis Islas, on the sideline.But San Luis tied it up again nine minutes later on a Dorados own goal, and then drove home two more of their own — the latter in extra time, courtesy of Argentine Leandro Torres — to claim the match and the series.– Fan base boosted –Atletico San Luis forward Pedro Alvarez (L) jumps for a header with Dorados forward Vinicio Angulo during the second leg match of the division final — Maradona’s arrival as Dorados coach has fueled major interest in Mexico’s second division © AFP / Ulises RuizMaradona’s arrival has fueled unprecedented interest in the Mexican second division.A plethora of Maradona scarves, jerseys and other merchandise was on offer outside the stadium ahead of the match.Ecstatic Dorados fans who had traveled more than 12 hours by car for the match were buoyant going in.“The team was down on its luck, but since he arrived, he’s raised them up enormously,” said Daniel Santiago, 28.Back in Culiacan, the state capital of Sinaloa, the large crowds of fans who had gathered to watch the match in local bars and restaurants were disappointed, but not giving up hope.“Here’s hoping they keep Maradona on and sign some new talent. He’s already shown he knows how to do the job right,” said one fan.This would have been the first coaching championship for Maradona, whose managerial career has lacked the sparkle of his playing days.His previous coaching jobs included teams ranging from the Argentine national side to clubs in his home country and the Middle East.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Maradona raised eyebrows when he took over as manager of Mexico’s struggling Dorados football club, who were then in 13th place in their 15-team league, but he took the team all the way to the division final, falling just short of a win © AFP / Ulises RuizSAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico, Dec 3 – Diego Maradona’s new club, Dorados, fell just short of winning the Mexican second-division final and a shot at promotion on Sunday, abruptly ending the Cinderella story of the Argentine legend’s latest foray into coaching.Dorados, from the western state of Sinaloa, lost their second-leg final to Atletico San Luis, who pulled off a 4-2 victory in extra time at home to win the title series 4-3 on aggregate.
Go back to the e-newsletter >The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa recently hosted the Tourism Fiji China Trade Day, with 34 agents from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as hotel and resort suppliers in attendance.The China Trade event was held at the InterContinental Fiji’s WaterCourt Conference Centre, where Tourism Fiji, in conjunction with Fiji Airways, Rosie Tours and Tour Managers, provided a unique opportunity for agents from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to expand their product base with more Fiji suppliers.“The China Trade Day was an opportunity to showcase what Natadola Bay and the InterContinental Fiji has to offer for the Chinese market. This event gave us an opportunity to not only showcase the results of our IHG China Ready programme but also gave us the opportunity to promote Fiji as an authentic and enriching tourism destination that can cater for Chinese guests and meet their needs and service requirements.“Over 100 staff was trained early in the year as part of our IHG China Ready programme. The Resort has invested into Chinese speaking TV channels, Chinese translated website, rolled out Chinese menus, refreshed mini bars to allow for Chinese teas and also invested in Chinese-speaking staff to be able to make the Resort China friendly. All of this combined with our amazing beach front setting makes the InterContinental Fiji an obvious choice for Chinese inspired events and travellers alike,” said Hudson Mitchell, Director of Leisure Sales & Marketing.Go back to the e-newsletter >