Football

Pal hails league success

THE 2018 Vodafone Premier League has been hailed a success by Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal. Pal said this year’s competition was very competitive. “The winner was not decided right up to the...

Blues to miss 3

REIGNING champion Lautoka will miss the services of three key players in this year’s Courts Inter District Championship. Tough defender Ilaitia Tuilau has moved to New Zealand while striker Lesari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai will feature for the newly promoted Nasinu side. Despite the timely inclusion of Ba striker Samuela Nabenia and Rewa’s Sairusi Nalaubu,...

Tavua in financial crisis

THE Tavua football side is facing financial constraints to contract its players unlike all other districts in the premier division. The giant-killer of Fiji soccer, however, will not use the above issue to deter the players from giving its best at the upcoming Courts Inter District Championship in Suva. Team president Pranesh Prakash said the...

FIFA president lauds Lautoka Football’s victory

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has congratulated Lautoka Football for winning the Vodafone Premier League earlier this year and booking a spot in the OFC Champions League. In statement to Fij Football Association, Infantino lauded Lautoka FC for their fourth championship title. “This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations...

2018 Courts IDC fixtures

NEWCOMERS Nasinu will start its Courts Inter District Championship against northerners Labasa on October 5 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. According to the IDC fixtures, Nasinu battles Labasa at 3.30pm in the second match of day while at 1.30pm Rewa takes on Tavua. The official opening takes place at 5.30pm after which Suva plays Nadi at...

Southampton short on strikers for Liverpool match

(Reuters) – Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool because of a hamstring injury, leaving manager Mark Hughes short of options up front. Danny Ings, the Saints’ leading scorer with three goals so far this season, is not eligible to play against parent club Liverpool, who loaned him...

Burnley back to being underdogs after forgetting DNA – Dyche

(Reuters) – Burnley are back to being plucky underdogs after a poor start to the season that resulted from the team forgetting all the things that made them so successful in previous campaigns, manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday. Dyche’s team finished seventh last season, but failed to qualify for the Europa League group stages...

Kautoga likely to make a return to Rewa FC

NEW Zealand-based Samuela Kautoga is likely to make a return for the Rewa side at next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. Fiji Football competitions manager Amitesh Pal said Rewa had made an application to get the former defender from New Zealand. Kautoga, 31, hails from Togalevu in Ba and scored the winning goal for the...

Fiji FA receives 24 transfer applications

THE Fiji Football Association has received a total of 24 transfer applications in this transfer window. Newly promoted Nasinu FA wanted 11 players from other districts on its shopping list. The side bids to strengthen its 2019 campaign. Players that have applied for their release to join Nasinu are Savenaca Baledrokadroka (Rewa), Mohammed Naizal (...

Courts IDC: Mammoth selection task on hand for Nasinu coach

NASINU football coach Nathan Shivam has a mammoth task on hand to select his 22-member squad for next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. Team president Oneil Chand has confirmed that 38 players are training with the team. “We have all our players from last season as well a number of new ones. We have brought...

Ba to lose key players

THE Ba soccer team will suffer a huge blow at the upcoming Courts Inter District Championship with the departure of two key players. Striker Samuela Nabenia and evergreen Meli Codro have applied for their release to join Lautoka and Suva respectively. Team manager Arvind Singh said the departure of these key players would be a...

No mountain too high for improving Liverpool – Klopp

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes his players have proved there is “no mountain they cannot climb” after stepping up a level to clinch a dramatic victory over Paris St Germain at Anfield. Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino struck a stoppage time winner as the Merseyside club beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League...

Juve’s Costa gets four-match suspension for spitting

(Reuters) – Juventus winger Douglas Costa has been suspended for four Serie A matches after spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco during Sunday’s game, the Italian league has said. Costa escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting Di Francesco, but was sent off after cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another...

Liverpool manager Klopp hails Sturridge’s impressive return

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career seemed to be heading for a premature end last season but the striker showed on Tuesday he may yet have an important role after taking his chance during a rare start in the Champions League win over Paris St Germain. Brazilian Roberto Firmino was left on the...

ANZ Stadium to host major local football tourney

SUVA’S ANZ Stadium will host its first major local football tournament next month after a lapse of four years. The last time a football tournament was held in the capital was in 2014 (IDC). Eight Premier and eight Senior district teams will take part at next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. In 2014, Suva played...

Inter strike two late goals to sink Tottenham

MILAN (Reuters) – Inter Milan staged a late smash-and-grab raid as goals by Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino secured a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday. Spurs appeared to have delivered the perfect response to their stuttering domestic form as they led through Christian Eriksen’s deflected...

Fiji bows out of OFC U16 championship

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side has bowed out of the OFC Under-16 Championship in the Solomon Islands going down 3-1 to the hosts in the semi-finals today. The hosts scored the opening goal in the first minute through Charles Mani. Mani scored his team’s second goal in the 29th minute. Nikhi Pillay pulled one back...

Nasinu foots 11 applications in present transfer window

THE Nasinu football side has so far made 11 applications in the current player transfer window. The applications include four players from Rewa, two each from Lautoka and Lami, and one each from Navua, Taveuni and Suva. Rewa’s Savenaca Baleidrokadroka, Mohammed Naizal, Charlie Benjamin and Anushil Prasad, Lautoka’s Leisari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai, Lami’s Isikeli...

OFC U16 Championship: Fiji trails Solomon Is at half-time

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side trails Solomon Islands 2-1 at half-time in the semi-final of the OFC U16 Championship. The hosts scored the opening goal in the first minute through Charles Mani. Mani scored his team’s second goal in the 29th minute. Nikhi Pillay pulled one back for Fiji in injury time. The winner of...

Crucial game for under-16

The Fiji football under-16 team needs to win its next game against the Solomon Islands if they are to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup next year. The Fijian boys will meet the hosts in the first semi-final of the under-16 OFC championship today at 11am while New Zealand will take on Tahiti in...

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