Cypriot UEFA Cup contenders AC Omonia have hired Dragomir Okuka as their new coach following the exit of Greek Yiannis Mantzourakis just under a month ago.
'An ambitious coach'
The 53-year-old Serbian has signed a one-year deal with the Nicosia club, with the option of a further 12 months. His first duty will be to ease unrest following the failure to win any silverware this season. "He is an ambitious coach and his ideals are the same as those of the club," said Omonia official Loris Kyriakou.
As a player, Okuka played for FK Velež before moving to Sweden where he played for Örebro SK and Motala AIF. He moved into coaching with FK Bečej in 1994, going on to lead FK Čukarički, FK Obilić, FK Budućnost Podgorica and FK Vojvodina before heading to Legia Warszawa where he won a Polish title in 2002. A spell as Serbia and Montenegro Under-21 coach followed. He led the national team to the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and then took charge of Wisła Kraków.
Omonia finished the season second in the league in Cyprus, behind rivals APOEL FC. They then lost 3-2 against Anorthosis Famagusta FC in the Cypriot Cup final, a result which prompted the dismissal of Mantzourakis. They will start the 2007/08 UEFA Cup in the first qualifying round.
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