Football

Delta Tigers to face hosts Lautoka at BOG

Defending champions Rewa will face hosts Lautoka, 17-time champions Ba and Navua in Group B of the 2022 Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament which will kick off on August 26. Five-time champion Nadi is...

Rewa FC bombs out

Rewa bombed out the OFC Champions League 2022 after losing to Hienghène Sport 0-2 in Auckland yesterday. The New Caledonia side booked a final four date with Tahiti’s AS Vénus after Fonzy Ranchain’s free-kick and Joseph Athale’s header secured their qualification at Rewa’s expense. Rewa simply needed to avoid defeat to progress. The game began...

Striker off to Czechia

National and Lautoka strike ace Sairusi Nalaubu has earned a three-month trial with Czech Republic club FK Pardubice. Nalaubu, who leads the Digicel Premier League golden boot race, was scouted by European scouts during the Oceania World Cup qualifiers in Qatar earlier this year. FK Pardubice plays in the Czech First League. He said he...

Arsenal reprimanded for second time for fan token adverts

(Reuters) – Britain’s advertising watchdog upheld a ruling against Arsenal over their promotion of fan token company Socios on Wednesday, determining that the two ads posted on the club’s website and Facebook were “misleading” and irresponsible”. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) said the adverts had failed to make clear the tokens had to be bought...

10th August

U19 top of the table clash

A top of the table clash in the Digicel national under-19 Youth League Southern Zone will be played this Saturday at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva. It is going to be an exciting three matches with Suva taking on Nasinu at 11am. Suva is on third spot with 11 points after playing six matches...

OCL 2022: Do or die for Delta Tigers

The Rewa Football side will have to beat Hienghene Sports to book a spot in the semi-finals of the Oceania Champions League 2022 after going down 0-3 against Auckland City on Monday. Auckland City FC confirmed its place in the semi-finals with a win against Hieghene Sports and Rewa FC. Rewa had a good start...

9th August

Fijian national futsal team march into camp; two teams for tournament

A 20-member Digicel national futsal team marched into camp at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa on Sunday. Head coach Jerry Sam says the team is preparing for the Oceania Football Confederation futsal invitational tournament to be played in September. “It is good that we have started our preparation early for the championship,” Sam said....

Fiji FA confirms 2022 BOG pool draws

The pool draws for the 2022 Punjas Battle of the Giants Tournament will be held on Thursday at the Ocean Soap at Navutu Industrial in Lautoka. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal confirmed that only eight teams will participate in the tournament. “We will only have eight teams in the BOG according to their ranking...

OCL 2022: Rewa goes down fighting

Auckland City FC confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Oceania Champions League 2022 with a 3-0 victory over Rewa FC on Monday afternoon at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland. After an impressive opening 5-0 win over Hienghène Sport last week, the result means City will go into their final group match against Nikao Sokattak...

8th August

Buke, Rahim star for Nadroga

Nadroga overpowered a gutsy Nasinu side 2-0 in round 16 of their Digicel Premier League match yesterday at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva. The Stallions opened the scoresheets in the 40th minute through Paule Buke which gave them the lead at halftime while Zoheb Rahim sealed their victory in the 80th minute....

Nadi upsets Suva in league thriller

It was a thrilling match yesterday between Suva and Nadi in Round 16 of the Digicel Premier League where the Jetsetters toppled the Capital City side 1-0. Both teams piled on the pressure for most of the first-half as they missed a few clear shots at goal. The two teams remained scoreless at halftime. Nadi...

Liverpool held, Spurs and Chelsea win in Premier League openers

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Title contenders Liverpool could only manage a draw at Fulham on the opening Saturday of the Premier League season while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur made winning starts to the new campaign. Liverpool had to come from behind twice to cancel out goals from Fulham’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic with new signing...

Manchester United must let Ronaldo leave, says Rooney

(Reuters) – Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes that the club must let Cristiano Ronaldo leave if they are to build a successful team for the future under new manager Erik ten Hag. The 37-year-old Ronaldo, who re-signed for United from Juventus last season, reportedly wants a move away from Old Trafford after the...

Tottenham crush Southampton for impressive opening win

LONDON (Reuters) -Tottenham Hotspur underlined their credentials as a team capable of a Premier League title challenge with a confident 4-1 defeat of Southampton to get their campaign up and running on Saturday. The hosts fell behind to a James Ward-Prowse volley in the 12th minute but dominated throughout with goals by Ryan Sessegnon, Eric...

Magic Mitrovic nets twice as Fulham hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw

LONDON (Reuters) -Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace of goals was cancelled out by strikes from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah as newly promoted Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw by in the sides’ opening game of the Premier League season at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The home side took the lead on 32 minutes when they...

7th August

Napoli’s Gaetano handed two-match ban for match-fixing joke

(Reuters) – Napoli midfielder Gianluca Gaetano has been handed a two-match ban for making a joke about match-fixing over the phone, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Friday. The 22-year-old — on loan at recently promoted Cremonese at that time — sent a WhatsApp message to Como player Vittorio Parigini four days before their...

‘Angry’ Klopp compares player welfare to climate change, calls for action

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has likened player welfare to climate change as an issue that everyone is aware of but no one is prepared to confront, calling on soccer’s governing bodies to act before it is too late. Klopp expressed anger at this year’s World Cup adding to players’ already hectic schedule, with...

Women’s soccer gear in demand after historic England win

LONDON (Reuters) – Weekly sales of women’s soccer gear have tripled since the start of the women’s European Championship that ended on Sunday with an historic England win, according to retailer Fanatics Inc, which sold official merchandise for the tournament. The spike in sales demonstrates the growing appeal of the women’s sportswear market, as social...

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