Wasl keep Donda; Rene Dubai coach

Al Wasl have renewed the contract of Mariano Donda and have handed the 30-year-old a new two-year deal. The Argentine playmaker had joined Al Wasl at the beginning of last season.

By (James Jose)

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Published: Wed 27 Jun 2012, 2:37 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona was against the renewal of Donda’s contract but the new club management were keen to hold on to the Argentine.

Maradona had recommended contract extensions of Juan Ignacio Mercier and Iran’s Mohammed Reza Khalatbari to the club, prior to going on vacation. The club management will look into those contract extensions.

Maradona wanted to bring in another Argentine Leonardo Pisculichi in place of Donda. Pisculichi currently parades his wares for Qatari club Al Arabi and has been with the club for the last five seasons. The attacking midfielder has made 91 appearances and has scored 72 goals.

Meanwhile, the club will probably hold the training camp in Spain. Maradona wanted to hold the camp in the UAE itself like they did last season but the club management were keen on holding it outside considering their average showing last season.

Rene Marsiglia

Dubai FC have hired Rene Marsiglia to coach their team next season. The Frenchmen takes over from Egyptian Ayman Al Ramadi, whose contract was not renewed.

Marsiglia joins from French Ligue 1 club Nice. Marsiglia was sacked by Nice at the end of the season despite helping them stave off relegation.

The 52-year-old spent all of his playing career with French clubs Caillols, Boulogne, Lille, Lens, Toulon, Nice and Amiens.

He began his managerial career with Amiens before moving to Cannes. He coached Ales for a season before returning to Cannes. He was appointed assistant coach at Nice before he took over the main job last season.

He took over at Nice in November last year and helped them avoid the drop with a 4-2 win over Lyon.

Dubai FC will also look at signing new players in the next couple of days. The club, which escaped the drop last season, renewed the contracts of the administrative, technical and the medical teams.

Dubai FC finished 10th in the 12-team League last season.


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