Islamabad: Pakistan's football chiefs on Thursday invited Diego Maradona to visit the country after the Argentina legend disparagingly compared his own association to the South Asian nation's. The 53-year-old accused the Argentine Football Association (AFA) of "understanding as much about football as Pakistan does".
Naveed Haider, a senior official of the Pakistan Football Federation, welcomed the fact Maradona was talking about his country and urged him to visit to lift the game's profile. "I would love Maradona to come to Pakistan and help Pakistan," Haider told AFP, noting that the Argentine was already a sports ambassador for Dubai.
"He plays a very effective role and we welcome him to come and develop football here."