- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - APOEL Nicosia has fired coach Temur Ketsbaia a day after the Cyprus league leader lost in the Cypriot Cup semifinals.

A statement on the club website on Thursday said APOEL and the Ketsbaia parted by mutual consent.

Ketsbaia became a lightning rod of fan grumblings in recent weeks over the team’s lackluster performances, even though APOEL remains on track to win its fourth straight championship. APOEL is four points up on second-place AEK with five rounds left.

On Wednesday, it lost to Apollon Limassol on penalties in the cup semifinals.

Ketsbaia, a Georgian, was renowned in Cyprus after guiding Anorthosis Famagusta to the Champions League group stage seven years ago, the first time a Cypriot team achieved the feat.

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