Algimantas Liubinskas has been appointed new coach of the Lituanian national team, succeeding BenjaminasZelkevicius, who resigned earlier today.

The LLithuanian Football Federation issued a statement confirming Liubinskas – who was the under-21 coach – would be assisted by FBC Kaunas trainer Saulius Sirmelis and Valdas Ivanauskas.

“(Zelkevicius) has left us at a very bad moment when we still had hope of placing second in (Euro 2004 qualifying) Group Five,” Lithuanian Football Federation general director Julius Kvedaras said.

“But this is no reason to lower the demands for the national squad.”

Zelkevicius quit after last week’s 2-1 friendly loss to Latvia.

Lithuania lie fourth out of five in theEURO 2004 qualifying group, with three points from three matches.