Football

7th December

Grandma flies from Fiji to watch ATK star Roy Krishna play for the first time

WHEN Roy Krishna scored his two goals against Jamshedpur last month, he did so in front of a special visitor. Krishna’s 74-year-old grandmother Tai Amma was in attendance at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. She...

Olympics: FIFA’s Infantino proposed as IOC member, but not Coe – Bach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been proposed for International Olympic Committee membership, but World Athletics head Sebastian Coe will have to wait due to a conflict of interest, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. FIFA and World Athletics, the governing bodies of two of the biggest sports in the Olympics,...

6th December

Suva loses second match

THE Suva Futsal side was thumped 10-1 by Kooline FC in its second match at the OFC Futsal Champions League in New Zealand today. Suva trailed 4-1 at the break. Suva’s lone goal was scored by Krishneel Singh. Suva lost its first match to D’York Street 4-1 yesterday.  

Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup set for finals

GAMES were spread from Nadi to Ba on day five of the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup on a day which determined the finals for the development and junior age groups. In the boys development division, Ba toppled Lautoka 2-1 to finish top of the group with 11 points. Lautoka finished second on five points meaning...

Suva Futsal loses first match

SUVA started brightly in the second match of the day, dominating possession and creating scoring opportunities. D’York however, grew into the game and they were rewarded for their endeavours with a late first half strike courtesy of Aubert Tales. The Fijians replied quickly in the second period through a great team goal finished by Deepal...

UEFA announces new playoff system for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – UEFA is to introduce a new-look playoff system for its 2022 World Cup qualifying competition which will avoid the need to compare results of teams in different groups. UEFA said the 55 teams, who will be battling for 13 places at the tournament in Qatar, will be divided into 10 groups....

5th December

Rwanda signs deal with Paris St Germain to promote tourism

KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda signed a deal on Wednesday with French soccer club Paris St Germain to promote tourism in the east African nation, its second such agreement since last year. “We invest part of our tourism revenues in strategic collaborations such as the one with Paris St Germain because we understand the positive effect...

UAE fires coach Van Marwijk after Qatar defeat

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as head coach of the United Arab Emirates, the country’s football federation said on Wednesday after the team was knocked out of the Gulf Cup. The UAE were eliminated from the keenly-contested regional tournament on Tuesday following a 4-2 loss at the hands of Qatar...

City slick again as Guardiola praises return to passing game

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Manchester City needed to rediscover themselves quickly after a run of games in which they looked to have lost their way and Pep Guardiola’s champions re-emerged on a chilly Tuesday night at Burnley’s Turf Moor. Their 4-1 win over a modestly equipped home side was not in itself an indication that...

I’m a better coach for United stint, says Mourinho

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho’s two-year stint at Manchester United was not always a happy one but the Portuguese harbours no bitterness at the club and says he is now a better manager as he prepares to return with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Mourinho spent around 400 million pounds ($513 million) while in charge at...

Jesus double gives Man City much-needed win at Burnley

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus struck twice and Rodri scored a screamer in a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday as the champions showed signs they may be able to keep the Premier League title race alive. The victory takes Pep Guardiola’s side, who had drawn at Newcastle United on Saturday, into...

4th December

Fiji FA postpones its events for December

FIJI Football Association has postponed all its events for December due to measles outbreak in the country. Fiji FA acting chief executive officer Amitesh Pal said the association has taken in consideration the release from Fiji National Sports Commission. “Further to media release (Sporting Events – Measles Outbreak) from Fiji National Sports Commission, and in...

Krishna wins ISL Hero of the month award

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna won the Hero of the Month award for November today. He converted two penalties against Jamshedpur FC, whilst also assisting Edu Garcia for the third goal. In the final match of November against Mumbai City FC, Krishna also scored a late goal in injury time to rescue a point for...

Fiji FA to unearth hidden talents

THE Fiji Football Association expects to unearth more hidden talents during the week long Ultimate Soccer Cup which started at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Monday. During his opening address chief guest Fiji FA finance committee chairman and board of control member Aiyaz Umarji Musa said the tournament played an important role in the development...

3rd December

Solomon Islands footballer suspended

HONIARA, 03 DECEMBER 2019 (SOLOMON STAR) – Solomon Islands football player, Maxwell Keana has been formally suspended from participating in all Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) sanction competitions while his case is before the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Disciplinary/Ethics Committee. The Executive...

Lautoka downs Labasa to retain Pacific Cup

THE Lautoka football side successfully defended the Pacific Cup edging Labasa 1-nil in the final at the Bill Mckinlay Park in Mt Wellington on Sunday. Samuela Gavo scored the only goal of the match in the first spell. Labasa tried hard but Lautoka’s guest goalkeeper Nicholas Lawrence guarded his goal well and didn’t let Labasa...

2nd December

Suva ready for Futsal Champions League

THE Suva Futsal side opens its OFC Futsal Champions League this Friday. The Fijian winners will play Vanuatu’s D’York Street in its tournament opener at 6pm in New Zealand. The six team tournament sees teams from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Tahiti and New Caledonia compete in a round robin format. This is the...

NCC postponed

THE 2019 Vodafone National Club Championship which was scheduled to be played from December 6-8 has been postponed. Fiji Football Association acting chief executive officer Amitesh Pal confirmed that the NCC has been postponed due to the measles outbreak in the country. “The Health Ministry had earlier advised that Fijians should avoid all mass gatherings,...

Lautoka wins Pacific Cup

THE Lautoka football side successfully defended the Pacific Cup title edging Labasa 1-nil in the final yesterday. Samuela Gavo scored the only goal of the match in the first spell. Labasa tried hard but Lautoka’s guest goal keeper Nicholas Lawrence guarded his goal well and didn’t let Labasa get the equaliser. Lautoka received NZD10000 for...

UEFA expects Euro 2020 to be free of racism

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA expects Euro 2020 to be free of racism despite a flurry of incidents across the continent, it said on Saturday. Earlier this month, Sweden’s qualifying match away to Romania in Bucharest — one of the 12 host cities and venue for Saturday’s draw — was twice interrupted...

Premier League: Relentless Liverpool march on as Manchester City stumble

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League on Saturday when the old adage that title winners churn out victories even when not at their best had a special ring. A couple of hours after champions Manchester City dropped two points at Newcastle United in a 2-2...

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