Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

Maradona to become a Boca director

Diego Maradona has accepted an offer to take on a director's role at Boca Juniors, club president Mauricio Macri said on Wednesday.

Macri said that Maradona, who had previously been offered a job as youth team coach, would take over as football vice-president in August.

"He will take part, give his opinion, help us run the professional squad," Macri told reporters, adding that Maradona would help in the selection of a new coach.

The 44-year-old Maradona has made a good recovery after undergoing drug rehabilitation last year and a gastric bypass operation in Colombia in March.

Maradona's doctor Alfredo Cahe has said the former Argentina captain had lost more than 33 kgs since the stomach stapling operation surgery in the Caribbean city of Cartagena.