DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Diego Maradona is reportedly among the candidates to take over as coach of the United Arab Emirates national team.

Yousuf Al Serkal, chairman of the UAE's Football Association interim committee, was quoted Monday in the local media as saying the Argentine great is on a short list that contains at least three names.

A decision is expected before the UAE's league season wraps up in May.

Last month, Maradona said would accept the job "with pleasure." He has coached Dubai-based Al Wasl since last year.

The UAE has had a caretaker coach since Srecko Katanec of Slovenia was fired after a 3-1 loss to Lebanon in September.

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