FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has sent a letter of condolence to Liberian FA president Mr. Musa A. Bility upon hearing the news of the death of the African nation’s national team coach Bertalan Bicskei at the age of 66.

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to you, to everyone at the Liberia Football Association and, most importantly, to his young players, friends and loved ones.”

Mr. Bicskei, born in Budapest, was a goalkeeper of note who played for fabled Hungarian club sides Ferencvaros and Honved as well as the Hungarian national team. He later went on to coach Hungary to victory at the European Youth Championship in Moscow in 1984 and won the Hungarian national league as coach of his former side Honved Budapest. He also led the national team of Malaysia and Egyptian outfit El-Masry as head coach before taking over the reins of Liberia in July 2010.

“We would hope that in some way our words of support may help to bring a little peace and solace at this time of sadness,” concluded Blatter in his letter.