Soccer-Cyprus coach resigns after run of defeats


NICOSIA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Cyprus coach Nicos Nioplias has resigned after a spate of disappointing results left his side languishing at the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group.

The Cyprus FA said in a statement on Thursday that both sides had reached an "amicable arrangement" for the Greek to leave immediately.

Nioplias, who was appointed in mid-2011, is leaving two months before his contract expires in November. He quit after Cyprus lost 2-0 to Slovenia in a World Cup Group E qualifier in Nicosia on Tuesday.

Cyprus have just four points after losing six of eight fixtures. Their next game is away against Iceland on Oct. 11 and Albania at home on Oct. 15.

An interim coaching team will assume duties until the end of Cyprus's qualifying round commitments, the FA said. (Writing By Michele Kambas, editing by Alan Baldwin)

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