LFA shocked over Bicskei’s death, contemplate Landi
The Liberia Football Association has described the death of national team coach, Bertalan Bicskei as "disturbing."
LFA spokesman Henry Flomo told WADR sports Monday that they were shocked and in mourning over Bicskei, who died Saturday in a hospital in the capital of his native Hungary, Budapest.
“We’ve opened a book of condolence at our headquarters and on Wednesday President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who happens to be the chief patron of sports, will be here to sign the book,” said Mr Flomo, adding “We hope to send someone to Hungary to attend his burial.”
The 66-year-old Bicskei, who was appointed as the Lone Star boss from July 2010 on a four-year contract but took leave in February this year due to an unknown illness, was Malaysian coach from July 2004 to September 2005.
His tenure had seen the rise of Liberia in the latest FIFA world ranking.
Bicskei was appointed ahead of Italian Roberto Landi, who was a caretaker coach for three months while the Hungarian was ill and Luciano Reis Silva of Brazil.
“We’ve been contemplating on going back to (Roberto) Landi to see whether he can continue with us,” said Flomo, who added that that negotiating was still ongoing, but they hoped to secure a deal before their next game in September away to Zimbabwe in the 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.