LARNACA – League leaders Anorthosis Famagusta will be hoping to start fresh on Wednesday night as they take on relegation battlers Ayia Napa at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca.
Ronny Levy’s side looked on course for their first league title since 2008 but a shock 2-1 defeat at Nea Salamina in the last league ended their unbeaten run and cut their lead at the top to just three points ahead of second place APOEL.
But it was their 4-0 reverse at Omonia days later in the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup which brought many to believe that the refugee club was in danger of imploding.
The league title race was put on hold two weeks ago as the presidential elections took centre stage and the break allowed Levy’s men to regroup.
A recent win over second division side Omonia Aradippou has boosted confidence but the big test begins at 6pm on Wednesday against Ayia Napa.
Second place APOEL will be looking to exploit any further slip-ups by Anorthosis as they take on an Ethnikos Achnas side that recently parted company with coach Stephen Constantine.
In other games, third place will meet fifth as AEK Larnaca face title holders AEL while Enosis Neon Paralimniou host Nea Salamina and Doxa Katokopia take on Olympiakos Nicosia in Larnaca.
The local championship resumed on Tuesday night with wins for Omonia and Apollon Limassol. Toni Savevski’s side easily beat Alki – who are coached by former Omonia boss Neophytos Larkou – 4-2 in what is believed to be the last game for Demetris Christofi in an Omonia shirt. According to media reports, the 24-year-old Cypriot international has agreed to join Russian Premier League side FC Rostov.
Christofi registered in the win while there were also goals for Joao Paulo, Andre Alves and Rasheed Alabi. Bernardo Vasconcelos scored twice for Alki with second half headers.
Apollon, meanwhile, laboured to a 1-0 win away to relegation favourites AEP courtesy of a second half goal from Roberto.