Cyprus coach quits after loss to Slovenia
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus coach Nikos Nioplias has resigned in the wake of the country’s poor showing in World Cup qualifying.
A statement posted on the Cyprus Football Association’s website says Nioplias offered his resignation after the country’s 2-0 loss to Slovenia on Tuesday.
An interim coaching staff will lead the team in its final two qualifying matches against Albania and Iceland next month before the search for a new coach begins.
Cyprus has only one victory and a draw in six qualifying games and is last in Group E with four points.
Nioplias, a Greek national who assumed coaching duties in June 2011, said after the loss to Slovenia that he’s pessimistic about Cyprus’ future because of a lack of good players.