Former AEL and Apollon Limassol coach Christakis Christoforou has been appointed as the new coach of the Cyprus national team.
An announcement by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) confirmed that the Christoforou had penned a two-year deal and would oversee the national side’s campaign during their 2018 World Cup Group H qualifying campaign which gets underway on September 6 next year at home to Belgium.
Cyprus will also face Bosnia, Greece and Estonia.
Christoforou replaces Pambos Christodoulou who stepped down recently after failing to agree terms of a new contract with the CFA. Christodoulou was largely credited with improving the results and performances of the national side which included 2-1 wins away to Bosnia and Israel as well as easy victories against Andorra (3-1 and 5-0).
“I am greatly honoured that the CFA has decided to handed me such a responsibility,” said Christoforou. “We will all work hard with the aim of getting the best out of the very difficult challenge that we face.”
Media sources also mentioned on Wednesday that India boss Stephen Constantine – a British-Cypriot coach who has also taken charge of Nepal, Sudan, Malawi, APEP, Ethnikos Achnas and Nea Salamina in the past – would be appointed as the CFA’s National Teams Technical Director.
Christoforou played as a midfielder for AEL before making the switch from Limassol to Nicosia to join APOEL. During his days as a player, he won a Cypriot Cup winners medal with AEL after they beat derby rivals Apollon 1-0 in 1987.
The 51-year-old moved into coaching in the early nineties taking on roles at the AEL and APOEL academies before later guiding the Cyprus Under-17s to the Elite Round of the European Championship.
He later steered Apollon Ladies to five consecutive domestic doubles as well as three appearances in the Women’s Champions League round of 32.
He took over as coach of Apollon’s men’s team in 2013 guiding them to victory in the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup as well as two consecutive Europa League group stage appearances. Last season, he moved to AEL and took them to the final of the Cup where they lost 4-2 to APOEL in a game marred by crowd trouble.
Back in August, his side AEL side beat APOEL 4-2 on penalties to win the Cyprus Super Cup after the match had ended 0-0. He was sacked by AEL in late October after a bumpy start.