12. 06. 2012 | Sofia, Bulgaria
BUL M: Bulgaria volleyball coach, best player quit, fans in dispair
Bulgarian men's national volleyball coach Radostin Stoytchev and key player Matey Kaziyski have resigned despite successfully qualifying the team for the Olympic Games.
Stoytchev gave a special press conference on Monday, shortly after meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Bulgaria's best volleyball player Matey Kaziyski also said he quits the national team.
"I am extremely disappointed by the federation and the people who take decisions in this federation. Personally I think these decisions hurt the interests of Bulgaria’s volleyball, they are driven by personal interests and goals that are incompatible with the national team," Kaziyski said at the press conference.
Stoytchev and Kaziyski decided to resign in the wake of a bitter conflict with Bulgarian Volleyball Federation head, Dancho Lazarov.
The popular and very successful coach recently declared that he will not lead the team at the Olympic tournament if Lazarov does not resign. Talking to journalists on Monday he said he will stand by his promise as Lazarov refuses to resign despite the public pressure, the scandals and blunders he has made.
Stoytchev was dismissed by the federation on May 13, a day after his team was defeated by Germany in the second semifinal of the 2012 Olympic Games-European Qualification Tournament in Sofia. Lazarov claimed that Stoytchev's team "lost deliberately."
On Monday Stoytchev harshly criticized the federation for its inefficient management, the scandals that have marred all championships, the inflated number of board members, the existence of fictitious clubs.
Bulgarian volleyball fans seem to be overwhelmingly opposing Lazarov, as numerous posters could be spotted during the team's latest games demanding his resignation.