Our History


Original Basketball Team


Anorthosis Famagusta, founded in 1911, is one of the oldest sports clubs in Cyprus with a history of participation and leading role in various sports. It represents the city of Famagusta (Ammochostos), which is now under Turkish occupation since 1974. Despite the fact that Anorthosis does not have access to its home city, it still remains one of the biggest clubs in Cyprus with a huge fanbase and presence all over the island.

The Basketball Team of Anorthosis was established in 1965 and played its first match in 1966, managing to win that year’s area championship of Larnaca – Ammochostos, but eventually losing in the final of the Cyprus championship to Digenis Morfou.

After the Turkish invasion in 1974 the club moved to Larnaca, however the financial difficulties that were experienced hindered the development of the team, which eventually withdrew its playing activities in the 1977-1978 season, thus halting its operations indefinitely. This was a blow both for the Anorthosis Club in general, as well as for the Cyprus Basketball Federation.

The Rebirth:

In 2015 Anorthosis Basketball Club re-established its activities following the vision of the first President Mr Antonis Mikellides leading a team of businessmen together with the General Manager Mr Sakis Passas.

It was decided that the club would grow from grass root level and focus exclusively on the development of players for the first years of its operation. Having started with just 7 junior players under the age of 10, in less than two years the club was boasting one of the largest basketball academies in Cyprus. With the implementation of its own tailor-made Advanced Development Program (ADP), designed and compiled by internationally acclaimed development coaches with years of overseas experience, the club has managed to produce players from its academy to feed both its men and women teams as well as the corresponding national teams in various ages.

In 2018 the decision was made to re-activate the Men’s Team, consciously opting to start low at the B2 league instead of the Basket League, and in addition to form the first ever Anorthosis Basketball Women’s Team. The Men’s Team won successive doubles in B2 and B1 leagues, while the Women’s Team won the double in its second year of operation in 2019-2020. Since then, the Men’s team has played a leading role in the Basket League, finishing 4th last year in the league and going all the way to play in the cup final.


The Future:

Anorthosis Basketball Club is supported in its Board of Directors by a group of well established and known businessmen thus making it self-sustained and guaranteeing its long term future.

The team has ambitions to continue playing a leading role in the Basket League of Cyprus and fight for the league and cup titles. In addition, for the upcoming season the team has qualified for the Eurocup and will participate in the competition targeting a group entrance.

Board Of Directors


Antonis Mikellides



Mr. Antonis Mikellides was born in London in 1978. He studied at the University of Westminster where he obtained a BA degree in Business Computing and holds a Postgraduate degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University London as well as a diploma in Terrorism Studies, focusing mainly on Marine Piracy, from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Mr. Mikellides joined Zela Shipping Co Ltd in London in 2002 as a fleet operator, and in 2006 was in charge of restructuring the fleet’s management company in Piraeus Greece. As from 2010 he has been a Director and Vice-President of Olympia Ocean Carriers Ltd. in Limassol, Cyprus. Mr. Mikellides also became a Director of Sea Trade Holdings Inc. in 2012 and a Director of One Bulk Carriers Inc. in 2017.

Panagiotis Chysanthou



Panayiotis was born in Limassol, Cyprus, although originally coming from Famagusta. He studied Naval Architecture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from where he obtained a Masters degree in Engineering. He then continued his studies under a scholarship from the government of Cyprus at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, obtaining an MSc in Maritime Administration.

Following his graduation, Panayiotis joined Terra Navis Group in Limassol, where he has held various positions in both the shipping and trading divisions of Terra Navis Shipping Ltd, while in parallel being involved in various engineering projects through Chrysanthou Maritime Services Ltd. He currently serves as director in both companies, while recently he has been appointed as Executive Director and General Manager of Citigrade Capital Ltd and Director in Girder Capital.

Panayiotis is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in the UK, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in the USA, and a board member in the charitable organization “Dr Yiota Demetriou – The Dancing Queen Foundation”.

Themis Papadopoulos



Born in 1974, Themis Papadopoulos graduated from the University of Warwick before joining
Interorient Navigation Co Ltd in 1997.

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2004, a position which he holds within the Group

He is a director of numerous companies including Tufton Oceanic Finance Group.

He is the current President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and a Vice Chairman of the Cyprus
Marine Environment Protection Association.

Markos Kashouris



Markos Kashiouris founded IronFX in 2010 and enjoyed phenomenal growth from a start up in the space of seven years. He is currently the Chairman & CEO of IronFX and serves on its Board of Directors. Prior to IronFX, Mr. Kashiouris led the successful listing of another public company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. He founded Terra Capital in 2000, an investment firm primarily focused on real estate. He worked at JP Morgan and Commerzbank Securities in London in derivatives / interest rate markets and in equity research where he was top-rated in the 2001 and 2002 Extel surveys.

Mr. Kashiouris trained in the U.K. as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (MCSI). Mr. Kashiouris holds a BA (Hons) in Econometrics from The University of Manchester and an MSc in Strategic Marketing Management from UMIST.

Mr. Kashiouris currently serves as a Member of the Board of Blue Phoenix and of Anorthosis Basketball Club (FC).

Coaching Team


Sakis Passas

Technical Director / General Manager


  • Studies: BSC. Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of New Orleans, USA)
  • Date of Birth: 1975
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1991 – 2012
  • Clubs Represented: Aris Limassol, Esperos, Panathinaikos Cyprus, Doxa Strovolou, ENAD, DigenisMorphou, Asteras, Anagenisis BC.
  • Basketball Career Highlights
    i.1995-1997Represented Cyprus National Team and played with Red Star Belgrade, Was in Top 5 Scorers of Cyprus League.
    ii. Played in 2 State championships in USA

Coaching Experience:

  • 2012-2013:Assistant coach of Ayios Nikolaos BC. The team won the Men’s Second division championship and was Cup finalist.
  • 2013-2014:Head Coach of AEZ BC. The team finished 3rd in Men’s second division championship and was cup semifinalist.
  • 2015-current:Technical Director and cofounder of Anorthosis Famagusta Basketball Club.

Vasilis Chrysalas

Head Coach of A.D.P.  U18 Men & U14 Mens Teams


  • Studies: BSc. School of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specialty   Basketball.
  • Professional Working Licence of Basketball Trainers category A’ {Ministry OF Education}
  • Date of Birth: 1988
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1999 – 2008
  • Clubs Represented: Proteas Voulas, Milon b.c, X.A.N.TH, Egaleo b.c,

Coaching Experience:

  • 2015 – 2018 Assistant Coach of “PROTEAS VOULAS” men’s team National category B’ (working with Head Coach Manos Manouselis), where he is responsible for planning daily training and heading the scouting team.
  • 2015 – 2018 Coach of U16 team of “PROTEAS” Basketball Academy, one of the premier Greek basketball schools, located in Athens, where more than 600 kids from 5 to 18 years old learn the game’s secrets.
  • 2015- Coach of the Hellenic National Under-20 men’s basketball team. ( European Championship Italy)
  • 2012 – 2015 Coach of “EGALEO” men’s team B’ National category of Greece
  • 2014 – 2015 coach of under-16 men’s team of “EGALEO” and “EGALEO” Basketball Academy coach.
  • 2012 – 2014 coach of under-18 men’s team of “EGALEO” and “EGALEO” Basketball Academy coach.

Aristos Aristou

A.D.P Coach U18 Women.


  • Studies: Bachelors and Masters of Sports Science and Exercise, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Date of Birth: 1978
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1990 – 2009
  • Clubs Represented: Asteras mesa Gitonias BC, University of Berdforshire Mens BC.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2014-present Anorthosis BC Head coach U18, u16, u14 u 12.
  • 2013-2014: Head Coach of AEL BC Women’s team, winner of the Cyprus Championship, Winner of the Cyprus Cup and Super cup. Coach of the women’s U18 AEL BC
  • 2012-2013 – AEL B.C Assistant coach Men’s and Women’s teams. Winner of the championship with the woman’s team, Head coach of under 18 women’s team Reached the final of championship U18 women’s championship.
  • 2011-2012 AEL BC, Assistant coach of women’s team winner of the Cyprus Championship, Winner of the Cyprus Cup and Super cup. Head coach of the 18 Girls team – won the championship, U16 woman’s Head coach of the U16 girls team -won championship, Head coach of the U14 girls team.
  • 2009-2011 AEL BC. Head coach U14 Girls. Winner of the Championship.

Stefanos Antoniades

A.D.P Coach.  U12 Men, U16 Women


  • Studies: BA – History and Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece)
    i. 2015- Present: M.A. Ancient History (University of Cyprus)
    ii. Coaching Certification Level 2(B)
    iii. 2017- Present: Coaching Certification Level 3(A)
  • Date of Birth: 1991
  • Basketball Playing Career: 2002 – Present
  • Clubs Represented: Apollon Limassol B.C, Galaxias Adendrou B.C (Thessaloniki), Achilleas Agrou B.C (Present)
  • Basketball Career Highlights:

i. 2009-2010: Undefeated Champions U19 Division A
ii. 2010-2011: Cup Winners U19 Division A-B
iii. 2016-2017: 3rd place University Championship Captain

Coaching Experience:

  • 2015– Present: Anorthosis Basketball Club
  • Development Coach for Basketball Academies 5-12 years
  • Head of U10
  • Summers of 2016 & 2017: Manouselis Development Basketball Clinic

Georgios Nikolaou

U16 Men Coach


  • Studies: Physical Education and Sports Science – Major in Basketball (University of Athens – Hellas
  • Date of Birth: 1978
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1990-2007
  • Clubs Represented: AEL BC, Arditou BC (Hellas), DigenisAkritasMorphou BC
  • Basketball Career Highlights:

i. 2006 – Winners of 2nd Division – DigenisAkritasMorphou BC
ii. 1998 – Finalist Championship cup AEL BC
iii. 1996- 1997 AEL U18 Champions

Coaching Experience:

  • 2013-2017Coordinator and Coach of Basketball Academy In The Heritage Private School
  • 2009-2012 Basketball coach U19 Team: Apollon Limassol
  • 2007-2009 Basketball coach Adults Team: DigenisAkritasMorphou
  • 2005-2009 Basketball coach U19Team: DigenisAkritasMorphou
  • 2003-2005 Basketball coach U16Team: DigenisAkritasMorphou
  • 1999-2002 Basketball coach Team: Academy U12 children in A.O. Arditou– Athens
  • Studies: Physical Education and Sports Science – Major in Basketball (University of Athens – Hellas

Dorina Ioannidou

A.D.P Coach, U12 Women U14 Women


  • Studies: Physical Education and Sports Science – Major in Basketball (Aristotle University – Hellas)
  • Date of Birth:
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1992 – 2007
  • Basketball Career Highlights:
  • Clubs Represented: AEL BC, ThermaikoThermis (Hellas), Makedoniko (Hellas) :
  • Basketball Career Highlights:

i.Between 1992 – 1998 Won 4 Championships and 3 League Cups in the Cyprus Women’s League
ii.1998 – 2003 3 Double Championships (League and Cup) Hellas

Coaching Experience:

  • 2016 – Assistant coach AEL Womens Team (Champions 2016)
  • 2010 – 2015 Academy coach and U14 and U16 , U18 ENATH BC
  • 2008-2010 U/16 Boys and Academies – APOP BC
  • 2002 – 2005 Academy Coach Makedonikos (Hellas)
  • 1999-2002 Academy Coach ThermaikouThermis (Hellas)

Nikos Angelidis

Coach U16 Men


  • Date of Birth: 1991
  • Basketball Playing Career: 1997 – 2017
  • Clubs Represented: Axileas Triandrias , Galaxias Adendrou, AE Pileas (Greece)
  • Studies: Physical Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Brings out the best!

Coaching Experience:

  • 2019-2020  – Anorthosis Academies U10 & U12 and U16 Mens Coach
  • 2018-2019  –  U14 Womens Team Anagenisis Germasogia
  • 2015-2017  –  Mens Team Toumbas BC (Greece)
  • 2015-2018   – U10-U12-U14 Achileas Triandrias. (Greece)
  • 2013-2014  –  U8-U10-U12 Evosmos (Greece)
  • 2009-2013  – U8-U10 στον Achileas Triandras (Greece)
  • Studies: Physical Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Marissa Pangalos

A.D.P Coach


  • Date of Birth: 1995
  • Studies:International Busiess at Loughborough University &  Coaching Certification Level 1(C)
  • Basketball Playing Career: 2004 –
  • Clubs Represented: Apollon Limassol B.C , Tayside Musketeers (UK) Dundee University (UK) Loughborough University (UK) Yermasogia B.C
  • Basketball Career Highlights:
  • 2014 – 2015 Runner up women’s championship

Coaching Experience:

  • 2017 – Present Anorthosis BC



George Ioannou

Marketing Manager


George Ioannou was born in Johannesburg in 1972. He studied at the University of South Africa and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and Finance through Correspondence in 1998 and also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (A.L.B.A) in 2006.  Further studies include a Diploma in digital Marketing (2017) as well as Life and business coaching diploma (2010)

George is a dynamic and determined leader with deep experience in establishing and developing diverse businesses in a multinational environment.  His focus is on Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operational expertise and covers a broad spectrum of customer and trade value chains. These include Spirits and Wines, F.M.C.G, Retail Franchise, Hospitality, Alcoholic beverages and Education.

He has served as President and Managing Director of The EUROGNOSI Language Centre Franchise from 2006 – 2014, Commercial Director of Allied Domecq Greece from 1997-2006 and has run and part owned other various businesses including McDonalds, Ocean Basket and Santa Maria Beach Resort.

George has played rugby in Greece since 1993 and was one of the founders of the Aticca Springboks Rugby team in Greece in 2002, President and founder of The Greek Rugby Association in 2013 as well as successfully setting up the Panathinaikos Rugby team in 2013. He also played Waterpolo for the South African U21 team in 1993 as well as Panathinaikos Waterpolo in 1994.


Office Manager


Melbo Lambrou was born in London. She attended Cordwainers College in London where she studied art & footwear design and graduated in 1984 alongside well-known shoe designers, namely Jimmy Choo & Patrick Cox.  Melbo was first employed by H&M Rayne Limited, The Royal Shoemakers where she designed shoes for the Queen and other members of the Royal family including Princess Diana’s wedding shoes.  Melbo then moved on to work for Lambert Howarth Global the largest footwear importers in the UK and main supplier to Marks & Spencer where she was fortunate to of been able to travel the globe and was given the position of Design Director.  Melbo also established her own company called Melbo Shoes and Melbo Couture of which had two retail outlets in London.

In 2007 Melbo moved out to Cyprus with her family where she developed her creative & artistic passion into teaching children and young adults. Starting off with teaching art through English language and preparing students for IGCSE and IELTS courses. Melbo also took on the responsibilities of supervising the boarding school at the American Academy in Limassol and became the art teacher for key stage 3.  She also tutored students to enter Cyprus, European and international art competitions which included ‘International Peace Poster where they won the 3rd prize and the European stamp art collection where they won the 2nd place as well as many other merits.

Melbo has always enjoyed working with children and her aim is to inspire and motivate children and students of all ages. Her daughter joined The Anorthosis Basketball Club in 2015 and Melbo instantly became hooked with all aspects of this new and challenging environment where she shares her natural enthusiasm and abilities.


I.T Manager


Alexander is the director of Xanda.net, London’s leading technology and digital media agency.

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