Penev swap at CSKA helm

CSKA Sofia fired coach Dimitar Penev today, a day after they were knocked out of the Bulgarian Cup quarter-finals by outsiders Pirin Blagoevgrad.

The 63-year-old, who took Bulgaria to the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ semi-finals, was appointed at CSKA's helm in July.

However, the team's loss on penalties to Pirin Blagoevgrad prompted CSKA's management to seek his replacement, chief executive Ventzeslav Zhivkov told a press conference.

Former national team striker Lyuboslav Penev, 42, who is also Dimitar Penev's nephew, will take over as the Bulgarian champions' coach, he added.

"The circumstances made it necessary (to replace Penev) if CSKA wants to become champion again," Zhivkov said.

CSKA are seeking their 32nd Bulgarian league title this season. The Sofia side top the table with 16 points from seven matches.

Lyuboslav Penev was part of the Bulgaria team that reached USA 1994, but was diagnosed with cancer and forced to miss the tournament.

He had spells playing in Spain with Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Compostela and Celta Vigo.