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By ESPN Staff

Czech Fitzel named as new coach of Malta

TA' QALI, Malta, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Malta have named Czech Dusan Fitzel as their new coach to lead the national side through qualification for the 2008 European championship.

Fitzel, 42, succeeds German Horst Heese whose contract expired at the end of last year. He will coach the national team as well as becoming technical director for the Malta FA, the FA said.

'I'm taking up this job with an open mind,' Fitzel, who appointment was announced late on Monday, told reporters.

'It's my wish to have a fair and open relationship with the players and the media. I promise to carry out my duties to the best of my abilities.'

Fitzel, who played for Czech and Cypriot clubs, occupied various coaching posts within the youth sector of the Czech FA for the last eight years. He was assistant coach when the Czechs won the European under-21 championship in 2002.