Football

Fiji FA issues stern warning

Football players who plan to feature in tournaments other than ones involving their district could face suspension if they do not obtain clearance first, warns Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf. He issued a stern...

Northerners enjoy FTU sports day

The Fiji Teachers Union Northern zonal sports meet was organized by its Savusavu branch at Ratu Ganilau Park last Saturday. FTU members from Labasa, Savusavu, Bua, Taveuni, Seaqaqa, Nadogo and Dreketi converged in the Hidden Paradise to take part in the zonal sports meet. According to assistant secretary Sean Sagar Nair, the month long preparation...

Natabua eyes schools IDC silverwear

When the Fiji Secondary School’s Inter District Championship (IDC) kicks off at Lautoka’s Churchill Park today, the Natabua High School under-19 team will be playing with a mentality to win the tournament. Team coach and schoolteacher Inoke Namataga said the competition was the pinnacle of Fiji secondary school’s football competition. “We know that all districts...

PNG downs Bula Boys

The Digicel Fiji football side went down to Papua New Guinea 1-nil in the semi-final of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Minister’s Cup in Vanuatu yesterday. PNG scored the lone goal of the match in the first spell. Roy Krishna and Christopher Wasasala tried hard in the second spell but failed to find the equaliser....

Spain will play Portugal like it’s a final, says Luis Enrique

By Fernando Kallas BRAGA (Reuters) – Spain manager Luis Enrique said his full-strength side will be totally focused when they visit Portugal in the League A-Group 2 decider on Tuesday for a place in the Nations League final four. With the World Cup less than two months away, the Spain coach said no Monday that...

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 game of few chances, Lozano, who plays for Napoli in Serie A, broke the deadlock in the 85th minute with...

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...

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