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World Cup: Maradona praised by the left

June 19, 2010 |  7:37 am

Venezuela doesn't have a team in this World Cup, but that doesn't mean people aren't following it at home.

Very important people.

President Hugo Chavez pushed back his daily address to the nation so the country could watch Argentina play Nigeria. Argentina is coached by Chavez friend and fellow political traveler Diego Maradona. And after the 1-0 Argentine win, Chavez sent a message of congratulations to Maradona.

"Well done Argentina," Chavez wrote on his Twitter account. "It could have been five goals. Congratulations Comrade Maradona."

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg