Football

Sports grant – Commission pays $1.095m for coaches

The Fiji National Sports Commission paid $1.095 million in coaching grant to six sporting organisations in the country towards the employment of their coaches. This is stated in the commission’s annual report from August 2019...

Man Utd face Villa, Leicester host Watford in FA Cup third round

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Manchester United entertain Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round, while holders Leicester City welcome Watford and West Ham United are at home to Leeds United following Monday’s draw. Non-league Chesterfield bagged a trip to face last season’s runners-up Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur host...

Champions Atletico beat Bragantino in seven-goal thriller

 Brazilian league champions Atletico Mineiro beat Red Bull Bragantino 4-3 on Sunday on a day when they celebrated last week’s title win in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Belo Horizonte. Atletico secured their first league title since 1971 last Thursday and 62,000 fans turned out to see them receive the trophy. They enjoyed...

6th December

Nadi capitalises on Labasa weak link for victory

Labasa’s gamble to field an injured Akuila Mateisuva fell through as Nadi exploited the advantage to win 1-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The Jetset town new assistant coach Emosi Baleinuku said they had spotted Labasa’s limping last man and made changes to their attack in the second half. “We kept pressing the advantage seeing...

Ba beats Navua

Ba defeated Navua 3-0 at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday to keep their Digicel Premier League title hopes alive with only a few more matches remaining in the competition. Savenaca Nakalevu opened the scoring for the Men in Black early in the third minute. Four minutes later Shameel Rao doubled Ba’s advantage from a penalty...

Suva spoils party

Suva proved too strong yesterday beating points leaders Lautoka 2-1 during their Digicel Premier League clash, to hold on to second place at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. It was a Merrill Nand spectacular with the centre forward scoring a double. “He was showing us something different during training and we decided to move on that,”...

Spurs, Man Utd and Villa register EPL wins

An early goal from Lucas Moura and two after halftime from Davinson Sanchez and Son Heung-min ensured a third successive Premier League win for Tottenham Hotspur as they beat Norwich City 3-0 at home. Victory lifted Spurs into fifth place with 25 points from 14 matches, 10 points off the top of the table but...

5th December

Digicel Premier League: Nadi and Suva book wins

Nadi and Suva booked Digicel Premier League round 12 wins, beating Labasa and Lautoka, respectively, at the ANZ Stadium today. Nadi beat Labasa by 1-0 with the lone goal from Tuiba Batiratu. Suva scored two first half goals through forward Merrill Nand, and held off the Lautoka attack until the final whistle. Nadi managed a...

Babasiga Lions on a winning spree

Labasa continued its unbeaten run in the Digicel Premier League after defeating bottom placed Navua 2-1 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Friday night. The Babasiga Lions went into the fixture as the only team without a loss in the DPL and started strongly in rainy conditions after striker Siotame Kubu nodded in Taniela...

4th December

Milan defender Kjaer out for six months after knee surgery

(Reuters) – AC Milan suffered a major blow on Friday after medical tests revealed that their Denmark centre back Simon Kjaer is expected to be out for six months following a knee operation. Kjaer, who has played 14 games in all competitions so far this season, sustained the injury in Wednesday’s 3-0 Serie A win...

Juventus say prosecutors looking into terms of Ronaldo sale

MILAN (Reuters) -Juventus said Italian prosecutors had ordered a new search of its offices under an investigation into the Serie A club’s financial accounting and were also examining the terms of the sale of star player Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United. Publishing a supplement to an investor document for a share issue on Thursday, Juventus...

Fiji Football Association clarifies salaries

The Fiji Football Association paid $699,927 in salaries and wages to its 45 employees in 2020. This is stated in the Fiji FA’s annual report that will be presented to its Congress on December 12 in Lautoka. Fiji FA report states salaries and wages bill in 2020 was $632,266 compared with $749,271 in 2019. The...

Ronaldo passes 800-goal mark with double in win over Arsenal

Cristiano Ronaldo passed the 800-goal mark for club and country, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an incident-packed Premier League match on Thursday. Arsenal took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 13th minute when from a corner United keeper David De Gea went down clutching his foot after he was stood...

3rd December

DPL: Labasa beats Navua

The Labasa football side continued their unbeaten run in the Digicel Premier League after a 2-1 win over Navua at the ANZ Stadium tonight. Labasa started on a high with a goal to Siotame Kubu in the early stages of the match as Labasa led 1-nil at halftime. Veteran Taniela Waqa doubled Labasa’s lead in...

Fiji FA receives $4.2m

Fifty per cent of Fiji Football Association revenue in 2020 came from the world governing body FIFA in the form of operating grant, states Fiji FA’s annual report that will be presented to its Congress on 12 December. Fiji FA recorded a revenue of $4.2 million in 2020, compared with $4.2m in 2019. In addition...

Tuivuna out of Blues

The Viti Water Flow Lautoka team will miss the services of star defender Antonio Tuivuna for the top of the table Digicel Premier League clash against Suva the ANZ Stadium this Sunday. Tuivuna is on automatic suspension after being sent off in the previous DPL match against Ba copping two yellow cards. Lautoka leads the...

Ronaldo brace in United win

Cristiano Ronaldo made it 801 career goals as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in their English Premier League game at Old Trafford. In scoring his two goals, 36-year-old Ronaldo became the first player in history to reach 800 goals in competitive games for club and country, doing so in 1,097 matches. The game was watched...

2nd December

Chelsea maintains lead

Chelsea maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League as Hakim Ziyech came off the bench to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Watford on Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel’s side were not at their best at Vicarage Road but had enough quality to emerge with three important points. The game was held up for...

England women’s football team sweeps to record 20-0 win

The England women’s team posted the biggest win in its history on Wednesday (NZT), routing Latvia 20-0 in a World Cup qualifier. There were 10 different scorers and four had hat-tricks – including Ellen White, who became the team’s all-time leading scorer and now has 48 goals for her country. England beat Latvia 10-0 in...

Decision on this seasons’ promotion/relegation expected next week

The Fiji Football Association is expected to make a call next week on whether they will have the direct promotion/relegation system for this season. Normally, the bottom placed team in the Digicel Premier League is automatically demoted to the Digicel Senior League while the winner of the latter competition gains promotion. Fiji FA chief executive...

Football Ferns end 2021 on a high

The Football Ferns have beaten South Korea 2-0 in their second international in Goyang. The New Zealanders scored two late goals through Paige Satchell and Gabi Rennie. The win follows their 2-1 loss to the Koreans at the weekend and is the side’s first win under new coach Jitka Klimkova. “It was a game of...

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