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Cyprus coach quits after loss to Slovenia

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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.

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