Christoforou steps down as Cypriot national team coach
The Cypriot Football Association and Christakis Christoforou decided to part ways, as the Cypriot manager agreed to step down as the national team’s coach.
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The CFA thanked Mr. Christoforou for his work and dedication to the team during his 18 month presence with the national team. Rumours of his departure began immediately after and unconvincing win against Gibraltar, where Pieros Sotiriou’s header gave Cyprus all three points just a few minutes before the end.
The team under Christoforou’s guidance did not fulfill the expectations built by the previous spell of coach Pambos Christodoulou. In six games in World Cup qualifying, Cyprus managed to earn two wins against Gibraltar, a draw with Estonia, and three defeats from Belgium, Greece, and Bosnia, respectively.
Despite giving opportunities to youngsters to shine with the team, Christoforou was to blame for failing to keep the “family environment” in the lockerrooms, something that Christodoulou created during his time in charge.
The CFA is now looking to find Christoforou’s replacement with just under three months before a big game against Bosnia at GSP stadium; a match where Cyprus can bounce back after a shaky start to the campaign while helping Greece in their efforts to claim second (or first) place in the group.