Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona may be the next coach of the Iranian National Football team, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
In a recent ceremony to honor Iran's medal winners at the Asian games, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed plans to host a visit by Maradona and nodded when asked if the football great was coming to coach the national team, Mehr news reported.
Rumors of Maradona coaching Iran's national football first swirled last month when Iranian football officials announced a planned visit by the former coach of the Argentine national football team.
Ahmadinejad didn't make it clear when Maradona planned to visit Iran.
"Maradona will come to Iran but his visit is delayed," Mehr news quoted the president as saying.
– Journalist Farbod Jamali contributed to this report.