Football

Anti-racism body says England game should have been abandoned

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out has criticised European football’s governing body UEFA for failing to abandon Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria after England’s black players were subjected to monkey chants. The...

Fiji Police receives $16k for IDC tournament

THE Fiji Police Force received a cheque worth $16,332 from sponsors Kontiki Finance as preparations were finalised for the Fiji Police Force  Kontiki Finance Inter-District tournament. Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu thanked Kontiki Finance for coming aboard saying in doing so, they had contributed in providing a platform in identifying star players. “With...

Fiji FA hunts for new national coach

THE Fiji Football Association will have a new national coach soon. Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel has confirmed a few names had been shortlisted for the mentor’s position. Patel said those shortlisted also included coaches from Serbia and France. Both those coaches have UEFA Pro License coaching accreditation. Former coach Christophe Gamel stepped down due...

Labasa to celebrate 2019 IDC win

THE Labasa football side will celebrate its 2019 Courts Inter District Championship win this Saturday. Team president Rayaz Khan said they did not want to hold back the celebrations. “We want to thank the fans back at home who couldn’t make it to the grounds. The players have worked hard and need a break as well,”...

Primary schools IDC: Rewa on the mend

THE Rewa football squad that is gearing up for the Fiji Primary Schools Inter-District Championship this weekend focuses on balancing education with training and getting better results from both. The Delta under-12 and U14 teams will showcase their talents in the three-day tournament at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori starting tomorrow. Their aim is to...

Ronaldo scores 700th career goal in Euro qualifier with Ukraine

(Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 700th career goal when he converted a 72nd minute penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine on Monday. The 34-year-old has scored 95 for his country, 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 32 for Juventus and five for Sporting. Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Ukraine in...

15th October

England thrash Bulgaria after game halted over racist abuse

SOFIA (Reuters) – England bounced back from their first tournament qualifying defeat for 10 years with a 6-0 thrashing of toothless Bulgaria on Monday in a Euro 2020 Group A clash marred by racist incidents in the first half that stopped the game. The match at the Vasil Levski stadium was temporarily halted by the...

Bua to return to primary schools IDC

BUA District School returns to the Fiji Primary Schools’ Football Association Inter District Championship (IDC) at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this week after a lapse of few years. Association president Dinmani Mudaliar said the return of the school had boosted North’s participation in the annual event. “They are among the unbeaten teams in the...

Flamengo win again to stay top in Brazil

CURITIBA (Reuters) – Bruno Henrique scored twice as Brazilian league leaders Flamengo extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 2-0 win over Athletico Paranaense on Sunday. The striker struck just before halftime and then again in the dying seconds to complete the win that kept the Rio club on top of Serie A...

Wales hold Croatia to keep Euro 2020 hopes alive

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales kept alive their flagging hopes of reaching Euro 2020 by holding Croatia to a 1-1 home draw after Gareth Bale cancelled out an early Nikola Vlasic opener for the visitors in a bruising Group E qualifier on Sunday. The result left Croatia top of the group on 14 points from seven...

14th October

Babasiga Lions roar in district tournament

STYLISH striker David Ifunaoa caught the Suva defenders by surprise with a clever strike to guide Labasa to a 1-0 victory in the Courts Inter District Championship premier division final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. The heavy rain and driving wind denied both teams to show their classy footwork, however, as the...

2019 Courts IDC: $25k winner

LABASA walked away $25,000 richer after defeating Suva 1-0 in extra time during the Courts Inter District Championship premier division title at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. Solomon Islander Dennis Ifunaoa, who came as a replacement, proved to be the star for the Babasiga Lions scoring the winner in the first minute of...

13th October

2019 Courts IDC: Navua retains senior division title

THE Navua football side had retained the Senior division title at the Courts Inter District Championship. Navua defeated Nadroga 1-nil in the final today Alfred Ali scored the winner mid way through the second spell. Nadroga did receive chances to equalise but the Navua defense led by veteran Seveci Rokotakala stood tall. The Navuans have...

Best of the best survives IDC 2019 battle

LABASA walloped an under strength Nadi outfit 5-0 in the Courts Inter District Championship premier division semi-final at Prince Charles Park yesterday to book a spot in this afternoon’s final. The Nadi Football Association made a stern decision to suspend several key players for allegedly going on a drinking spell following the 1-0 victory against...

Epic IDC final looms

SUVA and Labasa will face off in the Courts Inter District Championship premier division final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this afternoon after the Western favourites Nadi and Ba bowed out yesterday. Suva defeated Ba 1-0 in a tense second semi-final with Christopher Wasasala getting a late winner while Labasa walloped Nadi 5-0. In...

McKennie scores record hat-trick as U.S. hammer Cuba 7-0

(Reuters) – Striker Weston McKennie scored the quickest hat-trick in U.S. soccer history on Friday as the home side hammered Cuba 7-0 in a Nations League match in Washington DC. The Schalke 04 forward got his first goal after just 30 seconds, scored a second four minutes later and then competed his hat-trick with 13...

Portugal and Ukraine close in on Euro 2020 with home wins

LISBON (Reuters) – European champions Portugal and high-flying Ukraine edged closer to reaching next year’s European Championship with comfortable home wins in qualifying Group B on Friday. Ukraine sank Lithuania 2-0 to stay top of the group on 16 points from six games, followed by Portugal who are on 11 points from five matches after...

Czechs upset England to end 10-year run in qualifiers

PRAGUE (Reuters) – England suffered their first tournament qualifying defeat for 10 years when they lost 2-1 away to the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifying Group A clash on Friday. It was a fully deserved win for the Czechs. They played with verve and determination against a sluggish England who delivered their worst...

12th October

2019 Courts IDC: Nadroga secure final spot after defeating Savusavu, 2-1

THE Nadroga football side is through to the final of the senior division at the Courts Inter District Championship. For a third year in a row Nadroga will play Navua in the final of the senior division. In 2017 Nadroga beat Navua 2-1 in the final. Last year Navua took its revenge winning 2-nil. In...

2019 Courts IDC: Defending champs Navua through to final

THE Navua football side is through to the final of the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship after defeating Lami 4-2 in the semi final today. Lami started well with a goal from Jasnit Vikash from the penalty spot in the 10th minute. Navua equalised through a header by Joseph Elder in the 39th minute from...

2019 Courts IDC: Nadi suspends eight players

THE Nadi football side has suffered a major blow ahead of the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship semi final against Labasa today. The hosts have suspended eight players after they were out on a drinking spree. Team President Javed Ahmed has confirmed that the group of players went out on a drinking spree on Thursday...

11th October

2019 Courts IDC: Selection open for players to play at WC qualifiers

THE selection for the national team to participate at the Oceania Football Confederation 2022 World Cup Qualifying Championship is wide open. The regional qualifiers will be held at the end of next year. OFC has a half spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be played in Qatar. The winner of the regional...

2019 Courts IDC: Nadi qualifies into IDC quarter-finals

HOST’S Nadi qualified for the semi-final of the Courts Inter District Championship after defeating Nasinu 1-0 at Prince Charles Park yesterday. Striker Rusiate Matarerega scored the lone goal through a penalty in the tenth minute. Nasinu fighting for a spot to qualify for the semi-final fell short of their campaign after upsetting Rewa 2-1 on...

2019 Courts IDC: Lautoka’s dream shattered after Labasa win

LABASA dashed Lautoka’s hopes of a three peat in the Courts Inter District Championship after defeating Ba 1-0 in the final Group A match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. Lauoka having won the IDC title back to back in 2017 and 2018 trounced Tavua 7-3 but the 2-0 loss against Ba on...

10th October

2019 IDC: Labasa blows Lautoka chance to defend title

A NEW winner will be crowned at this year’s Courts Inter District Championship. This after defending champions Lautoka failed to qualify to the semi-finals of this year’s tournament. Lautoka thumped Tavua 7-3 in its last pool match, however, needed Ba to beat Labasa to have a chance of qualifying. Labasa beat Ba 1-nil in their...

2019 IDC: Three more players test positive for drugs

THREE players tested positive for drugs on day two of competition at the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship yesterday. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal said 32 tests were done yesterday. Pal said it was a sad sign to see that players were still being tested positive despite the association’s efforts to keep drugs out...

2019 IDC: Labasa fights for semi-final spot

THE Labasa football side is through to the semi-finals of the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship. The Babasiga Lions had a hard-fought 1-nil win over Ba in its last pool match. In an intense match, both teams tried hard but could not find the back of the net in the first spell. Antonio Tuivuna broke...

2019 IDC: Suva secures semi-final spot

THE Suva football side has secured a spot in the semi-final of the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship after defeating Rewa 2-1 today. Sairusi Nalaubu opened the scoring in the second spell to put Suva ahead. Rewa’s Gabrielle Matanisiga equalised to give Rewa some hope. Gagame Feni regained the lead for Rewa late in the...

2019 IDC: Lautoka thumps Tavua in last pool match

THE Lautoka side thumped Tavua 7-3 in its last pool match at the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship, held at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park. Tavua was already out of the tournament but led twice in the first spell as Lautoka came back twice to level scores at 2-all. Lautoka will now wait for the result...

2019 IDC: Rewa and Suva play cautiously

REWA and Suva are locked nil-all at the half time of their pool match at the 2019 Courts Inter District Championship in Nadi. Both teams had a cautious approach in the first spell knowing that a goal against them would prove vital. Suva needs a draw in this match while Rewa needs a win to...

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