Maradona interviews Fidel Castro for Argentine TV

Campaign News | Friday, 28 October 2005

Special programme was broadcast live in Cuba

Havana, Oct 27 (AIN) Soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona will feature an interview with Cuban President Fidel Castro for his program aired Monday's on Buenos Aires, Argentina channel 13 television.

During a special round table program being broadcast live Thursday evening in Havana, Maradona said he considers the Cuban president the world's leading statesman and expressed his satisfaction with interviewing him for his program "La Noche del 10" (The Night of 10) in reference to Maradona's No.10 soccer jersey.

Maradona said he is working hard on his highly rated program, aired weekly since its premiere on August 15. He said he had been well aware that his ability to play soccer would end some day, and that his new endeavor as a talk show host has been a big challenge.

The sports great with a following in all Latin America and beyond said when he finishes his commitment with Channel 13 he will return to Cuba and the La Pradera health clinic where he has received treatment in recent years. He said he maintains a house there and will spend time with his youngest daughter.

Maradona spoke to the Cuban TV audience about his program in Argentina, on which he conducts interviews and even sings and dances. He recalled how much he enjoyed his first show when he interviewed Brazilian soccer great Pele.

He also talked about his personal live and his improved health, saying when you touch rock bottom it is possible to recover, and noted the importance of the support of his family.

Maradona also spoke of the projects he promotes in Argentina to help children and teenagers and said he was inspired by what Cuba does for its young people.

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