Football

2020 Punjas BOG: Suva to face Rewa in the final

The Suva football team defeated Nadi with a scoreline of 2-1 in the second semi-final of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament. Nadi striker, Rusiate Matarerega scored a stunning goal in the second...

2020 Punjas BOG: Jetsetters lead Suva in second semi-final

Star striker, Rusiate Matarerega scored a goal in the second semi-final of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament for the Nadi team. The Jet Set boys lead Suva by one goal to nil. The second half is currently underway.      

2020 Punjas BOG: Rewa advance into final

Inoke Turagalailai scored the winning penalty goal to put Rewa into the final of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament. The match lived up to it’s expectations with a 19 goals galore. Rewa went into the breather leading Ba two-nil, through goals scored by Josaia Sela and Setareki Hughes. The Men in Black...

2020 Punjas BOG: Rewa, Ba semi-final match goes into extra time

The Ba football team has come out firing in the second half of the 2020 BOG semi-final clash against Rewa, as they have cancelled Rewa’s two nil lead at the half time break. The Men in Black has forced the game into extra time, courtesy of goal scored by Narendra Rao Jnr and Abbu Zaid...

2020 Punjas BOG: Rewa leads Ba in first semi-final

The Rewa football team is currently leading Ba by two goals to nil in the first semi-final of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament. Rewa’s goals were scored by Josaia Sela and Setareki Hughes The half-time score: Rewa 2-0 Ba

Nadi focuses on target

Nadi football coach Kamal Swamy says his side is keeping a low profile and going in as underdogs ahead of their Punjas Battle of the Giants semi-final clash against Suva today. Swamy made the comments on the eve of the knockout stage clash, as the team trained at the Korovuto College football grounds yesterday. “We...

Four teams equal in strength

Fiji Football national coach Flemming Serritslev is picking no favourites but expects a heated contest with all four teams equal during the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants semi-finals at Churchill Park today. “I’ll expect two very tough semi-finals because it will be Ba against Rewa and Nadi against Suva, and all teams are showing...

Power of brotherhood – Hughes duo ready

A warrior only performs his best in battle when he trusts the brother in arms beside him. The words cannot be more truer for brothers Setareki and Bruce Hughes when they play for Delta One Automotive Repairs Rewa in today’s 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants semi-final. “It is our mission in our first BOG...

14th August

Khan confident of Suva’s chances

The Flow Valves/ Island Accommodation sponsored Suva football side spent the past 24 years gunning for the Battle of the Giants title but were unsuccessful. The last time the Capital City won the BOG was in 1995 when they defeated Navua 2-1. However their focus and preparation this season resulted in their progressive performances at...

Ba sets target

Priceline Pharmacy Ba manager Ranvir Singh said the loss to Suva during their final pool match of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants had been a stern wake-up call. “We won 7-3 against Nasinu and held Labasa 1-1 but our defeat against Suva is a wake-up call, “Singh said. “We wanted to qualify for...

Suva, Nadi battle

For more than two decades the All in One Builders (NZ) Nadi and Flow Valves/Island Accommodation Suva football teams have been trying to win the Battle of the Giants tournament but were unsuccessful missions. Suva’s last victory was in 1995 when they defeated Navua 2-1 at the ANZ Stadium while Nadi won the BOG in...

Players kneeling for the US national anthem greeted with boos prior to MLS game in Texas

There was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the United States national anthem before their Major League Soccer (MLS) game in Frisco, Texas on Thursday (NZ time). Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said he was disgusted by the boos at Toyota Stadium when players and...

13th August

Tadu ready for Ba battle

The Delta One Automotive Repairs Rewa football team is one of the favourite teams to win the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament after their impressive performances in the Vodafone Premier League for the past few weeks. However the semi-final stages is dubbed as the battle of the titans because the best teams in...

12th August

Rewa coach sets focus for his boys

Delta One Automotive Repairs Rewa coach Marika Rodu wants his side to focus on enjoying their game and not succumb to the pressure that comes ahead of the next elimination round of the Punjas 2020 Battle of the Giants tournament. “I have taken the responsibility and the weight off the players shoulders so they can...

Suva shifts gears

The Flow Valve/Island Accommodation Suva team continued its preparations for the semi-final of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants at the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Under the guidance of coach Babz Khan, there were no signs of fatigue as players enthusiastically continued their routines on the training pitch. Seasoned players present...

Taranaki ‘Home of Football’ could be built in stages until SH3 realignment finalised

A $5m ‘Home of Football’ in Taranaki could be built in stages until roading authorities get resource consent to re-align a busy state highway next to the proposed venue. The multi-pitch playing facility on Airport Drive, north of New Plymouth, was first mooted in 2017, with construction targeted to start in late 2019. But discussions...

Europa League quarterfinals: Sevilla end Wolves’ hopes, Shakhtar thump Basel

One missed opportunity was all it took to end Wolves’ European dreams. Raul Jimenez stepped up to take an early penalty against Sevilla in Tuesday’s (Wednesday NZT) quarterfinal, just as he’d done to beat Olympiakos in the last round. This time, though, his shot was too central and saved by Yassine Bounou. Sevilla dominated the...

Coronavirus: Scottish football season in jeopardy as Celtic player breaches virus rules

Scottish football is in danger of being halted by the country’s government after a Celtic player breached coronavirus rules by taking a secret trip to Spain and failing to self-isolate on his return The Scottish champions issued on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) an apology and a condemnation of the actions of left-back Boli Bolingoli, who played...

11th August

Germany bars fans from soccer matches till at least end of October

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany agreed on Monday to extend a ban for spectators in stadiums at Bundesliga soccer matches until at least the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said. The Bundesliga season restarted in mid-May after a suspension of more than two months, becoming the first European league to resume under...

10th August

Champions Flamengo begin 2020 campaign with home loss

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Spanish coach Domenec Torrent got off to a losing start when his new club Flamengo were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league on Sunday. Torrent, who joined the Serie A champions last month after a stint in charge of New York City FC and a decade as...

Legal enters elimination round

The National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva was a hive of activity as the Ariston, Gokals, Whirlpool sponsored 2020 Southern Business House Futsal Soccer League resumed after a lapse of four-months due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the open category which has a total of 32 teams participating in the series, a total of 15...

Willian confirms Chelsea exit after seven years

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian midfielder Willian has confirmed he will leave Chelsea after seven ‘wonderful’ years at Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old, linked with a move across town to Arsenal, posted a farewell letter to the club’s fans on Twitter https://twitter.com/willianborges88/status/1292449036168056832. “The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my...

Fiji Football allocates $25k to fight drugs in the sport

The Fiji Football Association has a budget of $25,000 to fight against drugs in sports and create drug-free ambassadors together with the educational programs yearly. Football is the first sport to be compliant with the COVID-19 sporting regulations in the country in regard to the sporting regulations. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said...

Juventus hand Pirlo his first manager’s role

(Reuters) – Serie A champions Juventus stunned Italian football on Saturday by naming World Cup-winning midfielder Andrea Pirlo as manager on a two-year contract even though their former player has no previous experience in the role. Pirlo, 41, was promoted to the senior job one week after being named coach of Juve’s under-23 side, who...

Messi helps Barca sink Napoli to reach last eight

BARCELONA (Reuters) – A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive season where they face Bayern Munich. The Catalans had a shaky start but took the lead in the...

9th August

Lewandowski dazzles as Bayern crush Chelsea to reach last eight

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Robert Lewandowski struck twice and set up two more goals as Bayern Munich cruised past Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory and remain on course for a treble of titles. The Bavarians will be on an 18-game winning streak across all competitions...

Bournemouth appoint Howe’s assistant Tindall as new manager

(Reuters) – Bournemouth have appointed Jason Tindall as their new manager on a three-year deal following the departure of Eddie Howe, the second-tier Championship club said on Saturday. Tindall, 42, was Howe’s assistant throughout his managerial stint in both spells at Bournemouth, and when Howe managed Burnley. Howe left the club last week after their...

Juventus coach Sarri sacked – Italian media reports

(Reuters) – Serie A champions Juventus have sacked coach Maurizio Sarri after one season following their Champions League exit on Friday night, Italian media reported. Corriere dello Sport and Sky said the 61-year-old had been fired. “Maurizio Sarri has been fired, it’s all but official,” the Gazzetta dello Sport wrote on its website. Juventus won...

2020 Punjas BOG: Nadi defeats host Lautoka

Day 3 of 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament held at Churchill park in Lautoka has come to a close. Nadi defeated neighbour and host Lautoka in the last game of the day. Nadi captain Avinesh Suwamy scored two goals in the first half and put the jetsetters in a comfortable lead at the...

2020 Punjas BOG: Suva qualifies for semis

The Suva football team has qualified for the semi-finals of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament after beating Ba in its final group A fixture at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Sairusi Nalaubu scored the lone goal of the match in the 45th minute of play, taking the capital city side into the 2020...

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