Football

Teen Begg-s Ba winner

Online IT Solutions Ba beat Unique Rubber Stamps Suva in a thriller by 2-1, marking their return to the Digicel Premier League and handing the Capital City side their fourth consecutive loss of the season....

Rewa keeps premier lead

Rewa has foregone a chance to attain a commanding position in the Digicel Premier League table after fighting to a lackluster 1-1 draw against Nadi in their first match after a six-month hiatus. Rewa drew first blood in the 15th minute through Kavaia Rawaqa’s left footed strike. Nadi recovered through an equaliser from Patrick Ralulu....

24th October

Nadroga football team beats Navua 2-1

The Nadroga football side has registered its first win in the Digicel Premier League beating Navua 2-1 at Uprising Sports Complex today. After six months without competitive  football,  both teams started on a low key. Nadroga had the best chance of the first spell as their effort slided off the cross bar. Veteran Osea Vakatalesau...

Premier league: Nadroga-Navua tied nill-all at half time

The Nadroga and Navua football teams are still both tied nill-all at halftime. The anticipated 2021 Digicel Premier League match drew in hundreds of fans at the Uprising Beach Resort pitch in Pacific Harbour this afternoon. Fans were also allegedly spewing hate comments at officials and were reminded to be respectful by the tournament organisers.

Premier league: Ba leads Suva at half time

A lone goal from Samuela Drudru see’s the western giants Online IT Solutions Ba lead Unique Rubber Stamp Suva at half-time as the Digicel Premier League returned to action today. Drudru guided in a beautiful header from inside the box on the 25 minute mark with Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata failing to react in time....

Cricket-Australia edge South Africa in low-scoring World Cup thriller

ABU DHABI (Reuters) -Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade combined in a crucial 40-run stand to help Australia beat South Africa by five wickets in a low-scoring thriller in their opening Super 12 clash in the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday. Stoinis and Wade held their nerve superbly during an unbroken sixth-wicket stand to take Australia...

Beach Soccer: Four teams confirm semi-final spots

Four teams have confirmed their spots in the semi-finals of the Digicel Beach Soccer Championship to be held at the Fiji Sports Council beach soccer pitch today. United Beach Soccer Club and Blue Demons have qualified from Pool B while United Brothers and Sand Sational have made it through from Pool A. The opening of...

23rd October

Nadroga prefers underdog status

Kamal Swamy said preparations for the Nadroga football team was beginning to take shape in anticipation of a titanic battle against an in-form Navua XI when the two sides face-off against each other in a Digicel Premier League fixture on Sunday at the Uprising Beach Resort sports complex. The newly appointed head coach of Nadroga...

On the hunt for new women’s coach

The Fiji Football Association will commence the hunt for a most qualified individual to take on the role of head coach for the national women’s football team following Marika Rodu’s recent termination. Chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed the vacant position would be advertised shortly. “We’re in the process of advertising for the role soon,”...

Soccer-Man Utd can cause Liverpool problems, says Klopp

(Reuters) – Manchester United are an exceptional team and their midweek comeback win over Atalanta in the Champions League showed they have the quality to cause any team problems, Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said on Friday. United were 2-0 down to the Italian side at Old Trafford before mounting a spirited second-half comeback to win...

22nd October

Institutional change needed in NWSL after abuse allegations, says interim CEO

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has agreed in principle on how to handle the changes that are being demanded by players after allegations of sexual misconduct engulfed the league, interim CEO Marla Messing said on Wednesday. The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association earlier this month called on the league to cooperate with its...

21st October

New look Nadi braces for league

Nadi will miss the services of key players for the Digicel Premier League match day seven fixture against Rewa at Prince Charles Park on Sunday. The Jetsetters will be without defender Ame Votoniu, who is injured and also suspended after copping consecutive yellow cards, Josua Tawake who was red carded in the 2-all draw against...

Champions League: Ronaldo nets late winner in Manchester United comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo saved Manchester United again in the European Champions League. The greatest scorer in the competition’s history soared to head in an 81st-minute winner as United erased a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a wild match at Old Trafford on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time). Ronaldo’s record-extending 138th goal in the Champions...

Bruce out of Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has left his position as Newcastle United manager by mutual consent, two weeks after they were taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium. Bruce had appeared to be on borrowed time after the Premier League announced earlier this month that Newcastle had been sold to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment...

20th October

Top teams brace for league

Top Fijian football sides, Ba, Suva, Nadi, Rewa, Nadroga and Navua start local football’s return as the Digicel Premier League competition resumes on Sunday. The ‘Men In Black’ are scheduled to play Suva at the ANZ Stadium in the feature match. Nadi is expected to host Rewa at Prince Charles Park while Nadroga travels South...

19th October

Women footballers in camp

The Fiji women’s football team has begun preparation for the coming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 27-member squad marched into camp last week under the leadership of the new technical official and coach Timo Jankowski. Team manager Tulia Cawa said after the six months COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, there was a need for a workout for...

Capital City side starts preparations

Suva Football Association executives are working on improving the fitness level of players in the lead up to the resumption of the Digicel Premier League. The Capital City side is scheduled to face Ba when the league resumes. Suva coach Babs Khan said their playing style was still rusty and the fitness level had dropped...

Soccer-Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Leipzig

(Reuters) – Brazilian forward Neymar will miss Paris St Germain’s Champions League group game against RB Leipzig after picking up an injury on international duty, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. The 29-year-old was among a number of players not involved in PSG’s 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Angers on Friday due to their involvement...

Wenger to meet with national coaches over World Cup plan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA has invited the coaches of all 211 men’s national teams to a meeting about their plans for a biennial World Cup and new international match calendar, the organisation said on Monday. Video conferences for the coaches will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and will be led by former Arsenal...

Domestic rivals clash in quest for Asian Champions League final spots

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Familiar foes face off in the battle for berths in next month’s Asian Champions League final as Saudi Arabian duo Al Hilal and Al Nassr clash on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers. The semi-final line-up guarantees a showdown between clubs from two of...

18th October

Kane ends goal drought as Spurs beat Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) -Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday to prolong the hosts’ winless run in a match that was briefly halted after a fan collapsed in the crowd. Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant atmosphere in...

Criticism of Newcastle manager Bruce tough to take, says son Alex

(Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been made the “fall guy” at the Premier League club and the criticism he has faced since being appointed in 2019 has been difficult to take, the 60-year-old’s son Alex said. Bruce has endured a largely difficult time after he replaced fan-favourite Rafa Benitez and speculation is...

Kean goal earns Juventus narrow win over Roma

TURIN (Reuters) -Juventus continued their march up the Serie A standings with a 1-0 win over AS Roma in Turin on Sunday, as Moise Kean’s unorthodox early goal sealed a fourth consecutive league win for the Turin club. Rodrigo Bentancur’s header ricocheted off Kean’s head and into the back of the net after 16 minutes...

Bayern smash five past Leverkusen to reclaim top spot in Bundesliga

LEVERKUSEN (Reuters) -Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran riot and silenced a stunned BayArena, scoring all five goals by halftime to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund. A brace each from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry moved Bayern up to 19 points, one point ahead...

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