Football

Vodafone Premier League: Sleepless nights ahead for Navua

Lautoka came from behind to beat a resolute Navua outfit 3-1 win at Churchill Park, Lautoka, in the second-last round of the 2020 Vodafone Premier League match today. The hosts made a slow start and...

Ex-FIFA official convicted in TV rights trial

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been found guilty of falsifying documents, in a corruption case linked to the awarding of World Cup TV rights, sources and Swiss media said. The chairman of Qatar-based media group BeIN Sports Nasser Al-Khelaifi, was acquitted the same day in a related case. Valcke was cleared of accepting...

30th October

Ba on track at IDC

Defending champion Ba kept its Vodafone Women’s IDC title defence campaign on track with a clinical 6-2 win over Tailevu Naitasiri at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Ba coach Naomi Regu said although they conceded two goals, she was confident of her teams performance so far. “We got another win, a bit of laxity...

Women’s IDC: Varman impressed with standard of refereeing

Fiji Football Association Referees Director Rakesh Varman says he is impressed with the standard of officiating at the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Varman said he gave a chance to a number of new referees and they had not disappointed. He said the referees taking part in this tournament had prepared well for the tournament. A...

Women’s IDC: Semi finals draw confirmed

The semi-finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship have been confirmed. Labasa will take on Suva in the first semi-final match on Sunday. The second semi-final will see Rewa take on defending champions Ba. In the two matches today, Ba beat Labasa 5-2, while Rewa and Suva played to a 1-all draw. Rewa coach Laisani...

Women’s IDC: Ba side through to the semis

The Ba football side maintained a 100 per cent record heading into the semi finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Ba thumped Labasa 5-2 in its last pool match. It wasn’t easy though as Ba trailed 2-1 at the break. Both teams made it to the semi-finals. Ba captain Luisa Tamanitoakula said they had...

Women’s IDC: Semi-finalists confirmed

The four semi-finalists at the Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship have been confirmed. After two rounds of pools games, defending champions Ba, last years runner-up Labasa with southerners Suva and Rewa have booked a spot in the final four. The last round of pool games today will decide which teams will face each other in...

Chelsea ease to Champions League win at Krasnodar

KRASNODAR, Russia (Reuters) – Chelsea kickstarted their Champions League group campaign by coasting to a 4-0 win at Krasnodar on Wednesday thanks to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and a late strike from Christian Pulisic. Having drawn their opening game with Sevilla 0-0, Chelsea got off to a slow start against a...

29th October

Barcelona overcome Juve as Morata has three goals disallowed

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Ousmane Dembele struck early and Lionel Messi converted a late penalty as Barcelona won 2-0 at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday after Alvaro Morata had three goals disallowed for offside for the Serie A side. Dembele struck with a deflected shot in the 14th minute for a Barcelona side...

Women’s IDC: Labasa through to semis

The Labasa women’s side is through to the semi finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship underway in Suva. This after the side beat Nadi 4-nil in its second pool match today. Labasa had thumped Tailevu Naitasiri by the same sxorescor yesterday. Labasa plays Ba tomorrow in a repeat of last year’s final to...

Women’s IDC: Late strike saves Suva

The Suva women’s football side had to rely on a late goal to secure a spot in the semi finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship. The capital city girls had to fight tooth and nail against a gallant Nadroga side to beat them 1-nil in its second pool match. Kinosimere Ravai scored the...

Nadroga team faces wrath of mighty Rewa

The Rewa women’s football team thrashed Nadroga 4-0 in their first pool match of the Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Rewa team manager Roderick Singh said they wanted to start on a high note and he was happy with how her players responded on the field. “The first...

Women footballers pit skills in 2020 inter-district championship

A slow start in the Fiji Football Association Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. However, momentum is expected to build in the next few days after hosts Suva, and Rewa dominated the first two games yesterday. Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf encouraged football fans to turn...

Women’s IDC: Selected players pass drug test

No players were tested positive for illicit drugs on day one of competition at the 2020 Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. This was confirmed by Fiji FA women’s football vice president Nazia Ali Krishna. She said this was something the men should perhaps learn from to keep the sport drug-free. Twenty four players were tested on...

Women’s IDC: Organisers call on fans to support football teams

Organisers have called on football fans to come and support their teams at the 2020 Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship underway at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. Fiji FA women’s football vice president Nazia Ali Krishna said it was disappointing to see the low turnout as the tournament progressed into its second day today. She said the teams...

Women’s IDC: Ba puts on strong performance in second half

The Ba football side had to rely on a strong second-half performance to beat a spirited Tailevu Naitasiri side 5-2 at the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Cema Nasau, who scored a hattrick against Nadi, scored another four goals today. Nasau said it was teamwork that got the side through. Ba led 2-nil at half time....

Women’s IDC: Rewa secures semi-final spot

The Rewa football side has secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship underway in Suva. The side defeated Nasinu 2-nil in its second pool match today. Karala Vakayaru scored the first goal for Rewa while Nasinu scored an own goal late in the first spell. Rewa led 2-nil at half...

Women’s IDC: Labasa wants to go one better this year

The Labasa football side wants to go one better at this year’s Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Team captain Jotivini Tabua said the 4-nil win against Tailevu Naitasiri yesterday indicated a good start but the team would take one match at a time. Last year’s finalist Labasa takes on Nadi in its second match at 6pm...

FA launches code to boost diversity at football’s highest levels

(Reuters) – The Football Association launched a new drive to increase ethnic and gender diversity at the top levels of English soccer on Tuesday, setting out targets in a bid to reduce the role that personal networks have long played in top-level appointments. More than 40 clubs across the Premier League, Football League, Women’s Super...

28th October

Labasa thumps T/Naitasiri at Women’s IDC

The  Labasa football side registered an impressive 4-nil win over Tailevu Naitasiri in the last match of day one at the 2020 Vodafone Women’s IDC at ANZ Stadium in Suva this evening. Last year’s finalist led 2-nil at the break. Adi Volitikoro, Selai Nai, Shayal Sindhika and Vitalina Naikore scored a goal each for the...

Defending champions off to a flying start at Women’s IDC

Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship defending champions Ba started campaign on a high thrashing Best Nadi 7-0 in its opening group B fixture at ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. Ba led 4-nil at halftime. National rep Cema Nasau registered a hat-trick, Louisa Simmons scored a brace while Koleta Likuculacula and Aliza Hussein got a...

Women’s IDC: Rewa off to a winning start

The Rewa football side got its Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship campaign to a winning start thumping Nadroga 4-nil in its opening match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. Nadroga started well and entertained the handful crowd with a skillful display but Rewa got the opening goal to lead 1-nil at the break....

Women’s IDC: Suva thumps Nasinu in opening match

The Suva women’s football team thumped Nasinu 6-1 in its opening match at the Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship underway at the ANZ Stadium. Suva led 2-1 at half time. Suva captain Viniana Riwai scored three goals in the match. Riwai, who plays flyhalf for the Naitasiri women’s side in the Skipper Cup competition, said...

Suva can win VPL title this weekend

The Suva football side is just one win away from sealing its first Vodafone Premier League title in six years when they take on Rewa this weekend. Since the inception of the national league in 1977, the whites have won the title three times on previous occasions, the last being in 2014. Suva leads the...

Women’s IDC set to kick off

The 2020 Vodafone Women’s Football Inter District Championship kicks off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. Eight teams will battle it out top honors at the five day tournament. In matches today, hosts Suva take on Nasinu at 12pm after which Rewa takes on Nadroga at 2pm. Defending champions Ba play Nadi at 4pm...

27th October

Midtjylland are no pushovers, says Liverpool’s Klopp

(Reuters) – Midtjylland are a credible threat that cannot be taken lightly and Liverpool do not see them as a “small team” in the Champions League, the Premier League club’s manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday. The Danish club qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time this season but Klopp said...

Man Utd to provide 5,000 free school meals in October holidays

(Reuters) – Manchester United said on Monday that they will be provide 5,000 free school meals during the October half-term holidays to help forward Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty in the United Kingdom. Rashford has campaigned for the government to provide food vouchers during school holidays to children who normally receive free...

Eight teams to feature in women’s IDC football competition

Eight women’s football teams will be participating in the 2020 Vodafone women’s IDC event after qualifying through their respective zones during the culmination of the 2020 Vodafone Senior Women’s League competition. Hosts Suva lead Group A with fellow Southerners – Nasinu and Rewa with lone Western team Nadroga. The Ladies in Black, Ba, last year’s...

26th October

Suva back on top

Suva’s chances of clinching the 2020 Vodafone Premier League title became brighter after hammering Nasinu 5-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday to jump to the top of the points table. Despite Rewa losing to Navua in a 2-0 upset Suva coach Babs Khan was not counting his chickens early with the two teams to meet...

Premier League: Southampton hand 10-man Everton first loss, Leicester upset Arsenal

Premier League leaders Everton slumped to their first defeat of the season and lost Lucas Digne to a second-half red card as Danny Ings inspired Southampton to a 2-0 win at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday (Monday NZT). Ings is Southampton’s top scorer this season but he turned provider against Everton, setting up James Ward-Prowse’s...

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