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The famous Colombian goalkeeper, Rene Higuita, suggested naming Diego Armando Maradona for the next edition of the Copa America soccer tournament, in honor of the late Argentine football legend.
Higuita, dubbed “the madman” and the owner of the famous “scorpion”, wrote on his social media accounts: “We are close to welcoming the best teams in South America. The Copa America, to be hosted by Colombia and Argentina, is amazing! You should pay homage to Diego Armando Maradona.” Diego Armando Maradona, Copa America.
Rene Higuita, 54, is considered one of the legends of Colombian football throughout history, and he fought with his country the 1990 World Cup finals, five copies of the Copa America and won third place in 1993 and 1995.
Higuita was a friend of Maradona and on more than one occasion revealed his admiration for him as a player and as a person.
The legend Maradona passed away after a heart attack, on November 25, 2020, in the capital, Buenos Aires, at the age of 60.
The “Copa America 2020” championship has been postponed to the summer of this year due to the Corona pandemic “Covid-19”, and it is expected to be held jointly in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, 2021.
And the Colombian Sports Minister, Ernesto Lucena, had confirmed that the tournament would be held with or without the fans, regardless of the spread of the Corona virus in South America.
“The Copa America will be held as planned from the start in Argentina and Colombia,” Lucena told El Tiempo newspaper.
“It is not logical for Colombia to organize the competition on its own,” added Lucena, who predicted last month that the Colombian stadiums would continue to spread widely in the continent over the next two months.
And the South American Football Association “CONMEBOL” announced the distribution of 50 thousand doses of a Chinese anti-corona virus vaccine to soccer players in South America before the Copa America, at a time when many Colombian and Argentine clubs suffered an outbreak of the Corona virus.