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History beckoning for winless Omonia

Published: Tuesday 18 December 2007, 7.43CET
With a weekend derby to come, AC Omonia are enduring their worst sequence of results in over 50 years having not won a top-flight match since late October.
by John Leonidou
from Nicosia

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Published: Tuesday 18 December 2007, 7.43CET

History beckoning for winless Omonia

With a weekend derby to come, AC Omonia are enduring their worst sequence of results in over 50 years having not won a top-flight match since late October.

AC Omonia are enduring their worst sequence of results in over 50 years having not won a Cypriot Division A match since late October.

Barren results
Along with APOEL FC, the Nicosia-based club are the most successful side on the island with 19 league titles to their name. But on Sunday Georgios Savvides's team stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to Apollon Limassol FC which extended their winless run to six matches. Omonia fell behind but salvaged a point with 16 minutes to go through Brazilian playmaker Magno, a comeback which gave Savvides hope. "In the second half my players gave their all to get the win," said the 46-year-old. "I want my team to continue to perform like that for the rest of the season."

Title ambitions
Omonia's last victory in the league was a 1-0 success on 27 October against AEL Limassol FC. The slump has hit their title hopes badly and they now sit fifth in the 14-team championship, ten points adrift of unbeaten pacesetters Anorthosis Famagusta FC. Savvides has endured a difficult start since replacing Dragan Okuka late last month. The former Omonia and AEK Athens FC forward has presided over two defeats and a draw in Division A, but director of football Takis Mavris remains hopeful.

Time to recover
"We are aiming to bring in some new players with experience who will fit into the team straight away," he said. "Ten points is a lot to recover, but there are still many games to go in a league where points can be dropped against anyone."

Derby looming
The last time Omonia went six league games without winning was back in the 1957/58 season when they suffered three defeats and as many draws. The team now go into Saturday's derby against second-bottom Olympiakos Nicosia FC knowing that anything other than a victory would set an unwanted club record. Mavris concluded: "We cannot look at the past, only the future. We have to pick ourselves up and continue to play the same way as we did in the latter stages of our last league match."

Last updated: 18/12/07 14.43CET

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