Football

27th January

Kumar proud of Baby Bula Boys performance

FIJI Digicel under-17 coach, Sunil Kumar said even though their loss to New Zealand in the OFC Semifinals was a tough pill to swallow, the team had learnt a lot of lessons and allowed them...

U17 dreams shattered

THE Fiji Digicel Baby Bula Boys had their dreams of reaching the 2023 FIFA World Cup shattered when they were overpowered by a strong and determined New Zealand team at the OFC Championship semifinals on Wednesday night. The under-17 side lost 1-4 to the boys in black at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. It...

Soccer-Socceroos winger Mabil named Young Australian Of The Year

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Socceroos winger Awer Mabil has been named 2023 Young Australian Of The Year for his charitable work in the East African refugee camps where he was born. The 27-year-old, who was born to South Sudanese parents in a Kenyan refugee camp and moved to Australia at the age of 10, said he...

26th January

Silktails back in camp

THE Fiji Silktails are back in camp after a long layoff during the festive season with the players getting fitter for the 2023 Ron Massey Cup competition. The side has been training daily in Lautoka focusing on all aspects of the game. Silktails coach Wes Naiqama said their preseason training had been going well. “It...

Futsal IDC gets boost

THE 2023 Futsal Inter-District-Championship received welcome news with Extra Supermarket the major sponsor. This was announced yesterday by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during a press conference at their headquarters in Suva. “We would like to announce that Extra Supermarkets are now our biggest sponsors and will start our partnership once the Futsal IDC...

$5k for NCC camp

THE winner of the Digicel National Club Championship will receive $5000. The NCC starts today with six teams qualifying for the event at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The clubs are: Kasavu (Rewa), United Sangam (Lautoka), Greenstar (Nadroga), Police (Ba), Meads (Tailevu Naitasiri) Central Meads (Suva). Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal said Rewa’s Kasavu...

Fiji FA, WOWs Kids ink MOU

FIJI Football Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MOE) with Wows Kids Fiji where $1 from every ticket purchased will be given to the charitable organisation from every FFA-related competition and tournament in Fiji. This was announced after a check of $6401 was donated from the previous Pacific Community Cup competition that was held in...

Soccer-Frankfurt and Freiburg lose ground with 1-1 draw

FREIBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Eintracht Frankfurt missed the chance to move second in the Bundesliga after being held to a 1-1 draw by fellow title chasers Freiburg on Wednesday, a result that benefitted neither team. Champions League club Eintracht took a 42nd-minute lead when France international Randal Kolo Muani threaded a shot past three defenders...

25th January

Roller coaster of surprises : Serristlve optimistic of U17 chances

FIJI football national coach Flemming Serristslve says fans and supporters of the Digicel Baby Bula Boys can expect a roller coaster of surprises when they take on New Zealand during the OFC Under-17 Championships at the HFC Bank Stadium tonight. Serristslve was present with the under-17 side during a training session at the Fiji Football...

Skipper calls for fans’ support in do or die clash

SKIPPER Aron Naicker is calling out fans and supporters of the Digicel Baby Bula Boys under-17 side to turn up in numbers as they take on New Zealand tonight at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. The two sides meet in the semi-finals of the OFC U17 Championship, with the winner advancing to the FIFA...

Naiker honoured to lead

CAPTAIN Aron Naicker said it was an honour to be leading the Digicel Baby Bula Boys side into one of the toughest games they are about to play. Fiji takes on New Zealand at 7pm tonight in the OFC Under-17 Championships, with the winner advancing to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru later this...

24th January

One win away from WC spot

ONE win away. That’s the simple equation staring the Digicel Baby Bula Boys in the face. It’s all that stands between them and a place in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru later this year. However, to get that win, they first have to slay Oceania favourites New Zealand during the OFC U17 Championship...

Struggling Everton sack manager Lampard

(Reuters) -Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard, British media reported on Monday, after a poor run of form that has left the Premier League club in a relegation battle. Lampard’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham United, which kept them second-bottom on 15 points after 20 games, two...

New Dutch coach to return to traditional tactics

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – New Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman says he will return to the traditional Dutch way of playing after predecessor Lous van Gaal upset sensibilities by changing the team’s approach during his tenure in charge. Koeman, who had been named as successor to Van Gaal last year already, was officially unveiled on Monday at...

23rd January

Maivalenisau double sees Fiji through

The Digicel Fiji ‘Baby Bula Boys’ qualified for the semi-finals of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under-17 Championship after defeating the Cook Islands 3-0 in the quarter-finals at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva yesterday. Petero Maivalenisau proved to be the star of the fixture after scoring a double. He scored the opener in injury...

$1m budget for U20 – Team to play in Mexico, Asia in WC preparation

The Digicel Junior Bula Boys 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup campaign will cost the Fiji Football Association close to $1 million. This is the second national side to qualify for a FIFA World Cup event after Fiji’s participation at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup. The 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup will be played in...

Ronaldo to captain Al Nassr on Saudi Pro league debut

(Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo is set to captain Al Nassr on his debut in their Saudi Pro league game against Al Ettifaq on Sunday. Ronaldo signed a 2-1/2 year deal with Al Nassr last month, reported to be worth over 200 million euros ($216.28 million), but has had to wait to play because of a...

Wolves sign experienced defender Dawson from West Ham

(Reuters) – Struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed centre back Craig Dawson on a 2-1/2 year deal from fellow Premier League side West Ham United, the Midlands club said on Sunday. Financial details were not disclosed but British media said the 32-year-old cost 3.3 million pounds ($4.09 million). Wolves, who lost 3-0 at home to Manchester...

Struggling Leeds held to goalless draw by Brentford

LEEDS, England (Reuters) -Leeds United and Brentford played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Elland Road on Sunday leaving the hosts a point above the relegation zone following a frustrating afternoon. The disappointing result stretches Leeds’ winless run to six league games and leaves them in 15th place in the standings just...

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