Football

Suva keen to retain title

The Suva Futsal team is wary of the high intensity in competition this weekend as it defends its title in the Digicel Futsal Inter-District Championship in Suva. The IDC started yesterday afternoon at the Vodafone...

Cole’s new role

New Fiji football women’s head coach Lisa Cole arrived into the country early Wednesday morning from Los Angeles, US, after receiving her work permit from the Fijian Immigration Department. Cole is excited about her new role with Fiji Football Association. “I’m extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Fiji FA as...

Pereira keen on Everton job despite competition, fan backlash

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira said he still wants to take charge of Everton following the sacking of Rafa Benitez, despite a backlash from some supporters over his potential appointment and reports Frank Lampard is also in the hunt. Everton dismissed Benitez this month with the club 16th in the Premier League...

27th January

Top players move

Fiji Football Association player registration and transfer manager Rohitesh Narayan has confirmed that the Association has not officially endorsed any player transfer to date since the opening of the January transfer window for local footballers. Narayan, however, he stated that the association had received a number of high-profile applications from footballers to switch districts in...

Former national and Ba striker Taito Bula passes on

The Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is saddened to learn about the passing away of former national and Ba striker Taito Bula. Bula died at his home in Nailaqa Village in Ba last night at the age of 53. He made his debut for Ba in...

USMNT taking it one game at a time in World Cup qualifiers

Jan 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s national team will be taking it one game at a time as they prepare for a trio of World Cup qualifying matches and will not let a tantalising encounter with Canada distract them from their next outing against El Salvador. The USMNT, who are second in the CONCACAF...

26th January

Players’ progress impress Serritslev

The Digicel Fiji soccer team players are getting into top shape as the all-important Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Qualifiers in March 2022 to be hosted by Qatar nears, says head coach Flemming Serritslev. Serritslev said the Bula Boys were getting better as the days progressed. “I am happy with what I have seen over the...

Stadium stampede kills eight in Africa Cup of Nations soccer match

YAOUNDE (Reuters) -At least eight people died and 38 were injured when fans stormed a soccer stadium hosting an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroon’s capital on Monday, the government said. Images shared on social media, which Reuters could not immediately authenticate, showed a panicked crowd trying to squeeze through a narrow entrance gate...

25th January

Navua eyes Surinen marksman

Navua Football Association is beefing up its side this season. To make its team stronger, NFA is working on securing the services of a Suriname international to be part of their team this year. Suriname or Surinam, Wikipedia reports, is officially known as the Republic of Suriname. It is a country on the northeastern Atlantic...

24th January

Premier League: Liverpool beats Crystal Palace to cut Manchester City’s lead

Liverpool reduced the gap at the top of the Premier League to nine points after a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday (Monday NZ time). Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the first half but Patrick Vieira’s side reduced the deficit through Odsonne Edouard’s goal after the break. It took a string...

Last-gasp Dzeko header earns leaders Inter win over Venezia

MILAN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A last-gasp header from Edin Dzeko earned Serie A leaders Inter Milan a dramatic 2-1 win over Venezia on Saturday, as Simone Inzaghi’s side moved five points clear at the top of the standings. The hosts were poor in the opening stages, with Venezia, who were without numerous first-team players...

Atletico strike late to seal dramatic 3-2 win against Valencia

MADRID, Jan 22 (Reuters) – LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win 3-2 at home against Valencia, scoring two of their goals in stoppage time. Atletico are fourth in the standings with 36 points, 13 behind leaders and city rivals Real Madrid. Valencia took advantage of slack defending by...

Pele ‘super strong’ as he recovers from tumor, daughter says

Jan 22 (Reuters) – Soccer legend Pele is at home and “super strong” as he recovers from a colon tumor, his daughter said on Saturday in what appeared to be a rebuttal of media reports that his condition had worsened. The 81-year-old former Santos and New York Cosmos player was discharged from hospital on Thursday...

23rd January

Premier League: Fan arrested after Lucas Digne hit by bottle on return to Everton

A football fan was arrested after two Aston Villa players appeared to be struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd as they celebrated their team’s goal in the 1-0 win at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). One of the players was Lucas Digne, who recently joined Villa from Everton....

Premier League: Late goal earns Manchester United win as City stumble to Saints

Marcus Rashford scored in the third and final minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over West Ham that lifted the team above its opponent into fourth place in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s long winning run in the Premier League ended at 12 matches after a 1-1 draw at...

USMNT call on 28 players for next round of World Cup qualifying

Jan 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s national team on Friday called 28 players to training camp ahead of three World Cup qualifying matches, a beefed-up roster that coach Gregg Berhalter said will help the team navigate any possible COVID-19 disruptions. With six matches remaining, the United States sits in second place in the CONCACAF...

22nd January

Fiji FA maps plans for fans

Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) is planning to telecast live local football matches on television. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said negotiations were underway with Fiji Television Ltd and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) via the Walesi platform. “We have not finalised anything yet,” Yusuf said. “We are having fruitful discussions to provide up...

Ruthless Matildas score 18 goals against Indonesia in Asian Cup opener

Matildas captain Sam Kerr has made history, becoming Australian football’s greatest international goalscorer as Australia began their Women’s Asian Cup campaign with a record-breaking 18-0 win over Indonesia. Kerr scored five goals including a hat-trick inside the opening 27 minutes in Mumbai on Friday as Australia put the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament to the...

Arteta looks to rally Arsenal with top four hopes in the balance

(Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has turned his attention to the Premier League’s top four race after they were dumped out of the League Cup, with the north London side set to go another season without a trophy. Having been knocked out of the FA Cup earlier this month, Arsenal lost the League Cup...

Matildas skipper Kerr surpasses Cahill as Australia’s top scorer

(Reuters) – Australia women’s captain Sam Kerr said it was an “amazing honour” to become the country’s leading scorer after she netted her 54th goal on Friday, breaking the previous record held by former men’s international Tim Cahill. The Matildas forward surpassed Cahill’s tally of 50 after she struck five goals in Australia’s 18-0 demolition...

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