Football

Finau’s chance

LAUTOKA stalwart Peni Finau is the likely replacement for Samuela Drudru who was red carded in the first leg of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League semi-final against Marist on Sunday. The Vodafone Blues...

Ratu misses out

BA will miss the services of top choice goalkeeper Josaia Ratu for the Vodafone Premier League clash against Tavua at Garvey Park this Sunday. Ratu copped a red card in the last VPL match with Labasa. The team resumed training yesterday. Ba team manager Arvin Singh said many of their players were affected by the...

Sports notebook

BOWLING Nadi THE Nadi Sports Club Knockout Business House Bowls will be held at Nadi Sports & Social Club on Friday, April 27. Reporting time: 5pm (Registration and practice), tournament starts: 6pm. Format: 2 Bowls- Fours, 2. Regular bowlers, 2. Social bowlers, entry fee: $120- per team includes nibbles and drinks. Prizes: $400 – winner,...

Marist takes slight advantage home

LAUTOKA, 23 APRIL 2018 (OFC) – An away goal for Marist could prove crucial after the first leg of the OFC Champions League semi-final ended in a 1-1 draw between the Solomon Islands club and their host Lautoka FC at Churchill Park yesterday afternoon. Like the earlier semi-final in Wellington, it was expected to be...

Wenger to leave Arsenal after two decades in charge

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after a reign of almost 22 years that made him the most successful boss in the Premier League club’s history. “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time...

Midfielder to boost Lautoka squad

NATIONAL midfielder Zibraaz Sahib will boost the Vodafone Lautoka team for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League semi-final against Marist FC from the Solomon Islands at Churchill Park on Sunday. Sahib an integral member of the Blues squad missed the group stage and the quarter-final against AS Dragons because of issues with his New...

Narayan wins again

AVINESH Narayan was again selected the Amalgamated Packaging Referee of the year during the Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards night last Friday. And let out a secret to his success- fitness. “It was really hard to get this award again this year as we have a lot of referees in Fiji doing their best. “Fitness is the...

Tavua sends stern warning

THEY are here to stay, never to be in the senior division. Tavua means business with its president Pranesh Prakash saying they will never be relegated to the senior division in future. Prakash was selected as the administrator of the year during the Vodafone/Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) Awards night last Friday. “We developed our...

Top performers for football in 2017

THESE are our top performers in football for the year 2017. Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards – Winners Vodafone Fiji Popular Footballer of the Year 2017 – Zibraaz Saheb (Lautoka) Administrator of the Year (Senior) 2017 – Pranesh Prakash (Tavua) Smart & Efficient Security Services Volunteer of the Year 2017 –  Meli Yasawa (Tailevu Naitasiri) Bank of...

OFC: Lautoka footballers reminder of discipline

VODAFONE Lautoka players have been reminded to be disciplined when the side takes on AS Dragon in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League quarter-final at the Stade Pater in Pirae, Tahiti on Saturday. Lack of discipline has cost the local teams dearly on numerous occasions against overseas opponents. The side will miss the services...