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Aloneftis bows out from international football

APOEL winger Stathis Aloneftis, 34, announced his retirement from international football on Monday bringing an end to a twelve-year career in the Cyprus national team.

“It’s a difficult moment when you decide to close a circle, especially in football. When this circle concerns the National Team, the decision becomes even more difficult,” said Aloneftis in a written statement on Monday.

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Aloneftis represented Cyprus a total of 62 times and scored 10 goals for the national team in international games.

“I am sure that with talent and enthusiasm of the new players, the future of our national team will be a positive one,” added Aloneftis.

The Cyprus National Team enters a new phase with a host of new players and new manager Ran Ben Shimon who replaces Christakis Christoforou.

Cyprus are set to meet Bosnia Herzegovina at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium on August 31 in a World Cup qualifier.

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