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Dumitrescu success catches the eye

Published: Thursday 30 October 2003, 10.01CET
Ilie Dumitrescu's Apollon Limassol FC have been the surprise package of the Cypriot season so far.

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Published: Thursday 30 October 2003, 10.01CET

Dumitrescu success catches the eye

Ilie Dumitrescu's Apollon Limassol FC have been the surprise package of the Cypriot season so far.

Cypriot champions and league leaders Omonia AC have the upper hand ahead of the all-important meeting with Ilie Dumitrescu's in-form Apollon Limassol FC on Saturday, according to their coach Toni Savevski.

'Strong support'
"We have the edge because we are playing on our home ground," Savevski said. "The one big advantage we have are our supporters, who have shown that we can beat any side in Cyprus when they are behind us."

Dumitrescu success
Former Romanian international Dumitrescu has been a great success at Apollon. The revitalised Limassol side are challenging for the first time in years for a title they last won in 1993/94 and face Omonia on the back of a win against Dighenis Morphou FC in the Cyprus Cup. "The result is a good confidence booster ahead of our game against Omonia," said Dumitrescu.

Rigas killed
Omonia - who beat Anorthosis Famagusta FC 3-2 in their last league outing - currently lead the 14-team Cypriot first division by three points from Apollon and four from their traditional rivals, APOEL Nicosia FC, who are recovering from the death of their managing director, Kikis Rigas, killed in a car accident on 17 October.

Shock result
In their last league game, APOEL had to battle back from 3-1 down to snatch a 3-3 draw against struggling Doxa Katokopia FC and will hope to get their campaign back on track against Dighenis this weekend.

Coaching appointment
Other notable news on the island is AEK Larnaca FC's recent appointment of Nicos Andronicou as their new coach.

Last updated: 30/10/03 11.51CET

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