Christoforou to lead Cyprus in World Cup qualifying

Christakis Christoforou will guide Cyprus in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the 51-year-old former Apollon and AEL boss replacing Charalampos Christodoulou.

Christakis Christoforou on the bench for Apollon Limassol in 2013
Christakis Christoforou on the bench for Apollon Limassol in 2013 ©AFP/Getty Images

Former Apollon Limassol and AEL Limassol boss Christakis Christoforou has been named as the new coach of Cyprus with a view to steering the national team through 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

The former midfielder replaces Charalampos Christodoulou, and said: "We will all work hard with the aim of getting the best out of the very difficult tasks that await us." Cyprus finished fifth in Group B of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying despite some decent performances under Christodoulou, and will be up against Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Estonia in their World Cup group.

Christoforou had a successful spell with Apollon Ladies before leading the men's team to the 2012/13 Cypriot Cup and then two UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns. The 51-year-old subsequently guided AEL to last season's Cypriot Cup final and victory in the Cyprus Super Cup before leaving the club in October.

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