Cyprus boss Christakis Christoforou has called on the fans to turn up in numbers and support the national team as they take on Estonia in Nicosia on Saturday.
Cyprus have only won one of their last four qualifying games but beat lowly Gibraltar 3-1 in their last 2018 World Cup Qualifying Group H game before then defeating Kazakhstan with the same score-line in a friendly on Wednesday.
Christoforou’s troops now face Estonia – who, like Cyprus, only have three points – and seek a third win in success.
“We want the support of our fans on Saturday so that we can clinch a hat-trick of wins,” he said. “We have a tough game, but we want to carry on the good work.”
Christoforou gave a debut to three new players in the win against Kazakhstan, with one of those players – Omonia’s Fanos Katelaris – grabbing the island’s second goal. The other goals were scored by Nestor Mytides and Demetris Christofi. The other players who made a first appearance were Renato Margaca and Andreas Panagiotou.
“When it comes to the national team, there is no such thing as a friendly. That is how we approached the game [against Kazakhstan]. We had some new players and struggled in the first half. We turned things around after halftime with a positive display – something which tells us a lot.”
“Our big focus is on the game against Estonia on Saturday. This team is in a transitional period and our main focus is on getting as many points as possible and to create a good team for the future that will be able to challenge qualifications for major tournaments.”
The game will kick off at 7 pm at the GSP Stadium and will be shown live on CyBC 1/HD.