Football

Soccer-Liverpool saunter past Rangers 2-0 in Champions League

By Andrew Cawthorne LIVERPOOL (Reuters) – Liverpool put their recent stutters behind them to comfortably beat Rangers 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday and move into second spot in Group A. The win, thanks...

Reps stay focus

Ba football team head coach Imdad Ali says they will not let rumours swirling around on social media about their new management affect their performance in this weekend’s 2022 Courts Inter-District Championship. “All of the teams have been preparing well and so are we but there are drawbacks in Ba which people know about like...

Ba in search for lost football glory

Looking to bring glory back to Ba Town at one of the country’s biggest football stage, the Ba football team is banking on its new young players to bring home the 2022 Courts Inter-District Championship trophy. Head coach Imdad Ali said the tournament, which would start at the HFC Bank Stadium today, will be the...

2022 Courts IDC: Tavua holds T/Naitasiri

The Tavua football side held favorites Tailevu Naitasiri to a nil-all draw in the first match of the Courts Inter District Championship at the HFC Bank Stadium today. The two teams opened the competition in the Premier division. In the opening match of the Senior division, Bua edged Lami 1-nil.  

4th October

Whites wait on injured Radrigai

The Suva football side is confident central midfielder Dave Radrigai will be cleared to feature for the Capital City side when the Courts inter District Championship kicks off tomorrow. Coach Babs Khan said Radrigai had been training with the side and it will be a boost to have him in the team. “He is one...

Australian company steps in to assist Tigers

The Rewa football side has been given a huge boost ahead of the 2022 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) with the signing on of Australia-based Sharam Hangers as a major sponsor for the week long tournament. Company director, Mohammed Sharif Khan, who is originally from Kasavu in Nausori, said he was hopeful Rewa would do...

IDC torch visits towns

Excitement is building after the torch for the country’s biggest football tournament, the Courts Inter District Competition (IDC) was ferried across Viti Levu in the lead up to the showdown this weekend in Suva. Teams in the Western Division had a chance to showcase the Courts IDC torch which was marched by players and coaching...

3rd October

2022 IDC: Lautoka chases title

The Lautoka Football Association is keen to win the Courts Inter District Championship after their last victory in 2018. LFA president Rajnesh Prasad said the team had been preparing well for the IDC. Prasad said they did not have any injury concerns. “However, we will be reviewing the players who will arrive from national duties...

Stallions target last 4

The Nadroga football side is confident of making the semi-finals of this year’s Courts Inter District Championship which starts this Wednesday. The Stallions have been seemingly unlucky in tournaments this year. They were undefeated at the Fiji FACT and the Battle of the Giants tournaments but failed to make it out of their pool. The...

2022 Courts IDC: Tigers after rare double

The Rewa football side will be eying a first double in its already glorious history when the 2022 Courts Inter District Championship kicks off in Suva this Wednesday. The Delta Tigers created history by winning its first national league title this season and coach Marika Rodu said a win at the IDC would be icing...

Cristiano Ronaldo spared as Manchester United humiliated by rampant City

So complete was the humiliation of Erik ten Hag’s first Manchester derby that he chose to protect Cristiano Ronaldo from enduring the shame of being associated with such a performance. A 6-3 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad flattered United, with substitute Anthony Martial firing twice late on to add a modicum of respectability...

2nd October

Arsenal beat Tottenham to stay atop English Premier League table

It’s looking increasingly like Arsenal is the real deal in the English Premier League. It’s also looking like Liverpool hasn’t got what it takes to mount another title challenge. Arsenal made it seven wins from eight games to open the season by beating Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby on Sunday (NZ time), ensuring...

Arsenal ‘had to make decision’ on Smith Rowe injury – Arteta

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Emile Smith Rowe’s demands for a decision on a treatment plan for a troublesome groin injury prompted the Premier League club to send the midfielder for surgery, which is expected to keep him out until December. The 22-year-old, who had a breakout campaign last season with...

Haaland injury-free after working with City physios – Guardiola

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland has overcome injury issues that have hampered him in recent seasons and defended the Premier League club’s decision to send a physiotherapist along with the striker on international duty. Haaland, who joined City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, struggled with a hip flexor...

1st October

Bula Boys finish third

A goal in the 90th minute by Christopher Wasasala ensured Fiji a third place finish at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Ministers Cup with a 1-nil win over the Solomon Islands in Vanuatu yesterday. Just when it looked like the bronze medal match was heading into extra-time, Wasasala capitalised on a free kick by Muni...

IDC live on PPV television

Good news for football fans as the 2022 Courts Inter District Championship will be live on television. The Fiji Football Association confirmed all 22 games played at the HFC Bank Stadium will be shown live on FBC TV’s Pop-up channel on the Walesi platform. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirms they have agreed...

Ba football suspends five players

The Ba Football Association has suspended five players from the team, four days out from the Courts Inter District Championship. “The following players have been suspended until their case is heard: Malakai Tiwa, Narend Rao, Misiwane Nairube, Savenaca Nakalevu and Shaneel Narayan,” stated Ba FA on its official Facebook page. “We highly promote discipline amongst...

Deans sellout

The Super Deans Championship semi-finals today at Prince Charles Park in Nadi is heading for a sellout. Thus the call from Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union general secretary Waisake Tuicakau for patrons to make their way early to the Jetset Town park to avoid disappointment. “Prince Charles Park will be full,” Tuicakau said. “As of...

30th September

Winston Reid turned down chance to finish career at Wellington Phoenix

All Whites legend Winston Reid turned down the chance to finish his illustrious career with Wellington Phoenix as he was reluctant to uproot his family and move home to New Zealand. After calling time on his 12-year international career, the former Premier League defender left the door ajar for a possible return to the professional...

Malta coach Mangia denies improper conduct claims

VALLETTA (Reuters) – Malta’s Italian coach Devis Mangia denied on Thursday improper conduct claims which led to his suspension by the country’s Football Association (FA). The FA suspended Mangia on Tuesday and subsequently ordered an internal review to investigate the allegations. Neither the FA nor Mangia have given any details about the accusations, but Maltese...

Grealish says his best is yet to come at Manchester City

(Reuters) – Manchester City playmaker Jack Grealish said he is “nowhere near” full fitness as he continues his recovery from a groin injury but is confident fans will see the best of him when he returns to the side. Grealish picked up the problem in August and has been limited to six appearances in all...

LaLiga resumes with host of injuries after international break

(Reuters) – International duty was not kind to LaLiga sides as several key players reported back to their teams nursing injuries that will affect their availability for the weekend and beyond. Barcelona had arguably the worst of them with defender Ronald Araujo having surgery on his right thigh after suffering a tendon injury on Friday...

Qatar confirms COVID test requirements for World Cup fans

(Reuters) – Fans attending the World Cup in Qatar must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status, organisers said in a statement on Thursday. All visitors aged six and over must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours before their departure or from a rapid...

England women to face Japan, Norway in November friendlies

(Reuters) – European champions England will round off a memorable year with friendlies against Japan and Norway in Spain in November, the women’s national team announced on Thursday. Sarina Wiegman’s side, who won the Euros at home in July for their first major trophy, are also due to host world champions United States and the...

Arsenal’s Smith Rowe sidelined until December after groin surgery

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery on a troublesome groin injury and will not return to training until at least December, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who had a breakout campaign last season with 10 league goals, has had limited game time this season with only...

29th September

Mata stars in win

Nadroga Arya College defeated Tavua College 1-0 in the opening round of the Digicel Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association Inter District Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Joana Mata proved to be the star scoring winner in the first half. Nadroga Arya College coach Ranbhir Singh said they made a bright start in the...

Schools turn up ahead of match schedule; FSSFA impressed with teams’ enthusiasm

The Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association (FSSFA) has been impressed with the enthusiasm of the teams participating in its annual championship in Lautoka. FSSFA president Aminesh Ram said it was after two years that they staged the tournament because of COVID-19. He said the teams were so eager to play that they turned up before...

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