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Cyprus U21 players in supporters plea

Cyprus under-21 duo Andreas Kyriakou and Yiannis Pittas have taken to social media to call on the fans to go and support the team on Monday afternoon against Slovakia in Larnaca.

Both players starred in the stunning 1-0 win away to Turkey last week – in what was a first every national team victory for Cyprus against the Turks. The game was marred by a mass brawl on the pitch which followed the final whistle and which three Turkish and three Cypriot players sent.

Coach Nicos Andronicou will be without the services of Yiannis Pachipis, goalkeeper Giorgos Tasouris and Andreas Fragkos for the game against Slovakia at the Ammochostos Stadium on Monday at 4.30pm.

“For us, the game against Turkey is over,” said Cyprus under-21 captain Andreas Kyriakou – who plays his club football at AEL. “We want to continue our winning run with another victory, this time over Slovakia. Our aim is to win and we fear no opponent. I call on the fans to come and support us.”

Forward Yiannis Pittas, who plays for AEL’s rivals Apollon Limassol, added: “Our focus is purely on the game against Slovakia. We have faith in our coach and the work that we have been doing with him. We want to win this game to prove that Cyprus deserves more in this group.”

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