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Cuba Coach Fanz Demoted
    2008-10-14 10:10:27     Xinhua

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.


Fanz will stay on as an advisor while former coach Raul Gonzalez Triana takes charge, Cuba Football Association technical director William Bennet said.


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 in group.



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