Roberto Landi to permanently replace Bertalan Bicskei as Liberia coach

The Liberia Football Association has stated that Hungarian Coach Bertlan Bicskei will be replaced in the coming weeks with Italian coach Roberto Landi

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By Abraham Wheon

Liberian FA President Musa Bility told Goal.com that he has not heard from Lone Stars coach Bertalan Bicskei since the expiration of his 90 days of sick leave in May 2011.

“I think we are on the verge of closing the door on Bicskei because we have not been able to hear from him since he asked us to give him three months leave to attend to his fragile health,” said Bility.

“We are at the most crucial point of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers and the country cannot be without a coach.”

Asked whether the Romanian had being receiving his salary while on sick leave, the LFA boss said they have been committed to the terms of the contract.

“Yes we have being paying him his salaries and there was no need to cut that off, most especially when he needed it to facilitate his medication. But the three months expired in May and the worst of all is the fact that he has not been able to talk to us,” offered Bility.

Bicksei signed a four-year contract to be Liberia's National coach in July 2010 but had to take a leave of absence in February 2011 for a stomach ailment. The 67-year-old managed Liberia in two of 2012 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Cape Verde as well as the Olympic qualifier against Sierra Leone.

As a result of absence Liberia sought Fifa's 'emergency assistance' package, thus replacing the Hungarian with Italian coach Roberto Landi who is credited with giving Liberia its first win on home soil in four years with a 1-0 victory against surprise group A leader Cape Verde.

The Liberia FA boss has confirmed that with the prevailing situation, the LFA are on the verge of terminating Bicskei’s contract and offering Landi a permanent deal.


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