DHAKA - Bangladesh have sacked their
Croatian national team coach Robert Rubcic little more than two
weeks before their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier after he
walked out in a pay row.
The 47-year-old has been replaced with former Macedonia
coach Gjore Jovanovski who will lead the team in the two-leg
Asian zone preliminary round tie against Pakistan on June 29 and
Rubcic, frustrated at not being paid on time, left
Bangladesh on June 2 and had not been in contact with his bosses
since, the Bangladeshi federation said.
"We were ready with his payment, but he did not take our any
call," Badal Roy, head of national team management committee,
told reporters. "We tried to talk to him through his agent, but
he was not interested."
Jovanovski, Bangladesh's fourth foreign coach in last three
years, is expected to take over on June 19, ten days before
Bangladesh host the first leg in Dhaka. The return is in Lahore.
Jovanovski, a former Yugoslavia international in his playing
days, was given a one-year contract.
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