Football

26th September

Lozano’s late strike gives Mexico victory over Peru

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – A late goal from winger Hirving Lozano secured a 1-0 win for World Cup-bound Mexico over Peru in an international friendly at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday. In a...

25th September

Schools IDC to include girls divisions

The Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) will introduce the girls under-14 age group category during the 2023 Inter-District Championship. This is part of its program to develop girls football. FPSFA president Dina Mani Mudaliar said next year’s IDC would be bigger and better. He said the boys under-12 division was also likely to be...

Rakiraki too strong

Giant-killers Rakiraki created a major upset defeating Nadi 4-3 via a penalty shootout to lift the Digicel/Rams Cleaning Services-sponsored Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) 45th Inter-District Championship title at Garvey Park in Tavua. The two teams were locked 1-all at the end of extra time forcing the final to be decided on penalties. Rakiraki...

Northland eyes youth title

The Northland-Tailevu under-19 football side is on the verge of creating history of their own in the Digicel Southern Zone Youth League. The Kirtesh Prasad-led side needs one win from its remaining two matches to claim the title for the first time. “We have the same boys playing for the age group teams from 2017....

24th September

Who will reign – Deans and IDC trophies up for grabs

With bated breath, fans will witness rugby action from today’s Deans quarters and Rugby Championship. In the Deans quarters, the rivalry between schools will be brought out as favourites RKS and QVS will aim to make a statement at the HFC Bank Stadium, which hosted the match between the Fijiana and Canada last evening. This...

23rd September

Seaqaqa notches early wins

Seaqaqa has been the surprise package at the Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) Inter District Championship in Tavua. The school from the Northern Division recorded two wins on day one of the competition – beating NW Nadroga 2-0 and neighbours Bua 1-0. The three-day tournament, which began on Wednesday, is hosted at Tavua’s Garvey...

Fiji makes FIFA U20 WC

A 75th minute tap in goal by Ba midfielder Nabil Begg against New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the OFC Under-19 Championship in Tahiti yesterday, has secured the Digicel Junior Bula Boys a spot at next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup. Begg tapped in a Gulaam Razool cross from the right flank midway through the...

Bula Boys in last four

The Digicel Bula Boys have secured a spot in the semi-finals of the MSG Prime Minister’s Cup in Vanuatu. This is after New Caledonia recorded its second loss in Group B, going down 1-nil to the Solomon Islands on Wednesday evening. The result has sent Fiji and the Solomon Islands to the semi-finals but they...

22nd September

Russia excluded from Euro 2024 qualification draw

(Reuters) – Russia were excluded from the qualifying draw for the 2024 European Championship with the national team still banned from all competition until further notice following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, UEFA said on Tuesday. However, Belarus — which has been a key staging area for the Russian invasion — were included in the...

Fiji qualifies for 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup

The Digicel Junior Bula Boys are through to next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup. This after the side beat New Caledonia 1-nil in the semi-final of the OFC U19 Championship underway in Tahiti. Ba midfielder Nabil Begg scored the winner in the 75th minute. More in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.  

Krishna joins team in Vanuatu

Fresh from helping his Bengaluru side beat Mumbai City 2-1 in the final of the Durand Cup in India, Fiji football striker Roy Krishna has joined the national side for the remaining matches of the MSG Presidents Cup. National team manager Anushil Kumar confirmed that Krishna joined the team in Vanuatu yesterday. “It will be...

Fiji-New Caledonia scoreless at halftime

The Digicel Junior Bula Boys and New Caledonia are locked nil-all at half-time in the semi-final of the OFC U19 Championship in Tahiti. Fiji dominated the first spell as striker Melvin Mani came close to giving us the lead on two occasions. The winner of this match qualifies for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup in...

Primary IDC kicks off

Twenty district football teams from all over the country are competing at this year’s Fiji Primary School’s Football Association Digicel 45th Fiji Primary IDC. The three-day tournament began yesterday at Tavua’s Garvey Park and Tavua College grounds. “The teams have registered 440 players and we thank the Ministry of Education for giving the green light,...

Bula Boys to the rescue

Members of the Fiji football team were hailed ‘heroes’ after their quick reaction saved a little boy’s life following an accident in Stade in Shefa, Vanuatu, on Tuesday. The Digicel Bula boys are in Vanuatu to play in the MSG Prime Ministers Cup 2022 campaign. The team was returning from a training session at Stade...

FIFA U20 World Cup beckons

The Fiji Football Association has called on football fans to get behind the Digicel Junior Bula Boys as they take on New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the 2022 OFC Under-19 Championship in Tahiti today. A win for the Digicel ‘Junior Bula Boys’ will not only secure them a spot in the final but also...

Chelsea sack commercial director Willoughby over ‘inappropriate messages’

(Reuters) – Chelsea said they have terminated commercial director Damian Willoughby’s employment with immediate effect after receiving evidence he had sent “inappropriate messages” before being appointed by the Premier League side. Willoughby began working at Chelsea earlier this month following the club’s takeover by an investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. “Evidence...

21st September

Barcelona forecast 274 million euros profit this season

(Reuters) – Barcelona said it recorded a profit of 98 million euros ($98.27 million) for the 2021-22 financial year and forecast a 274 million euros profit for this season. Barcelona rank second on Forbes’ list of soccer team valuations with a current value of $5 billion, behind rivals Real Madrid, who are valued at $5.1...

Jnr Bula Boys edge closer to world cup qualification

The Digicel Junior Bula Boys are one win away from re-writing history. The Ronil Lal-coached side plays New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the OFC U19 Championship in Tahiti tomorrow and a win will secure a spot at next year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia next year. Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed...

Police start probe

Police are investigating the alleged assault of a soccer referee in Labasa during the Vanua Levu Muslim soccer tournament. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the alleged incident happened on Monday night during a soccer match at Subrail Park. “A report was received last night (September 19, 2022) and the victim’s statement taken,” she said. “A...

20th September

Patel praises Fiji teams

The Digicel Bula Futsal Boys and Fiji FA President’s Five teams have been praised for their gallant performances at the OFC Futsal Cup 2022 which concluded at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on Sunday. Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said despite thefact that they failed to win the tournament they played their hearts out. “I...

Chand stars for Vunimono

Avishaan Chand came in with a wonder strike which saw his Vunimono High School side beat Vashist Muni College 1-nil in the Southern Zone Secondary Schools under-17 competition in Suva yesterday. The 14-year-old, who plays in the under-15 and under-17 divisions for his school, came in with a free kick from an acute angle outside...

New Zealand skipper Reid announces international retirement

(Reuters) – New Zealand captain Winston Reid will retire from international soccer after Sunday’s friendly against Australia in front of home fans in Auckland, the former West Ham United stalwart said on Monday. The 34-year-old defender, one of his country’s finest players, has been capped 32 times for the ‘All Whites’, with nearly half as...

Injured Phillips could return for World Cup but may need surgery: Guardiola

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been sidelined due to a shoulder problem and while he could return in time for the World Cup there is also the possibility he will need surgery. Phillips was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Wolverhampton...

19th September

15-year-old makes debut for Arsenal in easy win at Brentford

LONDON (Reuters) -Fifteen-year-old Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on as a substitute for Arsenal as they returned to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win at Brentford on Sunday. Goals from William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus gave Mikel Arteta’s side a 2-0 lead...

Messi sends PSG two points clear with Lyon win

PARIS (Reuters) -Lionel Messi’s early goal earned Paris St Germain a 1-0 win at Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday as they opened a two-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. Messi found the back of the net with his fourth league goal of the season in the fifth minute to put Christophe Galtier’s side on...

Clinical Real take spoils in Madrid derby to continue perfect start

MADRID (Reuters) -A clinical Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the LaLiga season when they beat city rivals Atletico 2-1 at the Metropolitano on Sunday. Despite being second best for large periods of the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were ruthless in front of goal as strikes from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put them...

Lautoka elects new officials

The Fiji Football Association expects to sort out all internal issues of its affiliates by the end of this year. The Fiji FA oversaw the congress of the Lautoka Football Association (LFA) to elect new executives. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said there was an election for LFA and the delegates voted for...

Serritslev unhappy despite Fiji’s win

Rewa rep Gabriele Matanisiga scored a 91st winner for the Digicel ‘Bula Boys’ against New Caledonia during the opening match of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Ministers Cup 2022 at the Korman Stadium in Vanuatu on Saturday. Debutant Matanasiga nodded in the late winner following Praneel Naidu’s corner kick. Earlier, the ‘Bula Boys’ were reduced...

President’s Five finish in top 4

The Fiji FA President’s Five side had to settle for the fourth position at the OFC Futsal Cup tournament. The side lost the third place playoff 5-3 against New Caledonia at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday. Two first-half goals from Ravneel Pal kept Fiji in the game as the teams rested tied 2-all at...

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