Monday October 13 2008
HAVANA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - German Reinhold Fanz has been demoted as
coach of Cuba, a soccer official said on Monday, after his side lost 6-1
to the U.S. at the weekend and two of its players defected.
Fanz will stay on as an advisor while former coach Raul Gonzalez Triana
takes charge, Cuba Football Association technical director William
Bennet told Reuters.
U.S. and Cuba media reported that midfielder Pedro Faife and forward
Reynier Alcantara defected before Saturday's match. State television
said the pair had "betrayed the unity of their team and given in to the
temptation of the empire's money.
Fanz, who had coaching spells with Bundesliga clubs Hannover 96 and
Eintracht Frankfurt, arrived in March aiming for World Cup qualification
and has been working for free with the football association covering his
living and travel expenses.
However Cuba, who last reached the World Cup finals in 1938, have lost
all four games of their six-match CONCACAF third qualifying round group
section and lie bottom of Group One.