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  • Switzerland: FIFA appoints 'normalisation committee' for Guinea FA
    30 april 2016 10:32:41
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Guinea Football Association (FGF). This is in accordance with art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes, it said. Full text...

  • FIFA 2022 WC: Infantino creates body for decent working conditions at FIFA WC stadiums
    22 april 2016 10:33:51
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday announced the creation of an oversight body with independent members to monitor the systems in place to ensure decent working conditions at FIFA World Cup stadiums. Full text...

  • Qatar: Rights group urges FIFA boss to push for reform of Qatari laws on workers abuse
    20 april 2016 11:40:57
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - As FIFA president Gianni Infantino begins his 20-22 April visit to Qatar, the human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, is asking him to use his meetings with Qatari officials to press for reform of laws that leave migrant workers at risk of exploitation and abuse, sometimes even forced labour. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA expels Equatorial Guinea from Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020
    11 april 2016 17:46:27
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea will not compete in the preliminary competition of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020 following a decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to expel the country from the tournament. Full text...

  • FIFA Ranking for Africa: Algeria regains top spot
    08 april 2016 08:45:25
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Cape Verde's reign on top of the monthly FIFA ranking for African men's team was short lived as Algeria, third in March, regained the top spot since its 20 unbroken months reign ended in October 2015, according to the latest FIFA, released here Thursday.Full text...

  • Qatar: Amnesty International says World Cup workers abused
    31 march 2016 07:59:10
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Migrant workers building Khalifa International Stadium in Doha for the 2022 World Cup have suffered systematic abuses, in some cases forced labour, according to a new report published by Amnesty International on Thursday. Full text...

  • 2016 U-17 WWC: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon qualify for Jordan 2016
    27 march 2016 11:32:26
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon secured Africa’s three spots at the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, Jordan 2016, finishing as the top three sides at the CAF Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.Full text...

  • Gabon: FIFA president, Infantino, completes Africa visit in Gabon
    26 march 2016 07:18:25
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday completed his first official visit to Africa since his election to the helm of football's world governing body in Gabon, the country that will host the 43rd African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2017.Full text...

  • South Sudan: FIFA president Infantino celebrates 46th birthday on South Sudan visit
    23 march 2016 16:00:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Wednesday visited South Sudan, his first destination as head of football's governing body to a member association. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Executive Committee approves key priorities to restore trust in FIFA
    18 march 2016 12:07:11
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The implementation of the reforms, which were approved by an overwhelming majority three weeks ago at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress, was the main topic during the two-day FIFA Executive Committee meeting – the last of its kind and the first chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Full text...

  • FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup: Ghana, Nigeria in tough groups
    18 march 2016 08:51:19
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The following are the groups for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup following the official draw which took place in Zurich on Thursday, with Africa's representatives, Ghana and Nigeria, in tough groups. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Sports Minister slams FIFA over bribery allegations
    17 march 2016 12:25:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, on Thursday called on FIFA to retract its statement that South Africa was involved in bribery to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • South Africa: FIFA accuses South Africa of 2010 World Cup bribery
    16 march 2016 14:13:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – FIFA on Wednesday openly accused South Africa of paying a US$10 million bribe to garner votes to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup final draw holds Thursday
    16 march 2016 13:18:49
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The final draw for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for Papua New Guinea, will be held on Thursday, 17 March 2016 and streamed live on FIFA.com and on FIFA's YouTube channel. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA seeks millions from defendants named in US investigation
    16 march 2016 12:02:24
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA on Wednesday submitted documents to the US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt FIFA members and other football officials. Full text...

  • South Africa: Three more South Africa football officials banned by FIFA
    14 march 2016 11:15:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – FIFA on Monday banned three more South African officials in relation to match-fixing prior to the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • FIFA: Cape Verde dismisses Cote d'Ivoire from top spot in FIFA ranking for Africa
    03 march 2016 13:26:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Cape Verde Island has dismissed Cote d'Ivoire from the top spot in the latest FIFA Ranking for Africa, received here Thursday by PANA.Full text...

  • Egypt: CAF congratulates Infantino for FIFA president victory
    28 february 2016 15:49:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The confederation of African Football (CAF) has congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as FIFA President last Friday in Zurich. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Infantino wants to rebuild FIFA, bring back football to centre stage
    26 february 2016 18:14:00
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The newly-elected president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to work with everybody to rebuild the world football governing body and bring back football to the centre stage. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA presidential vote goes into 2nd round
    26 february 2016 15:26:16
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The election for president of football's governing body, FIFA, has gone into the second round as none of the four candidates was able to garner the two-thirds of the votes (138) needed to win. Full text...

  • Switzerland: South Africa's Sexwale pulls out of FIFA presidency race
    26 february 2016 13:13:27
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale on Friday pulled out of the race for president of football's governing body, FIFA.Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Congress approves landmark reforms
    26 february 2016 10:59:37
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Member associations of FIFA, world football governing body, on Friday approved a package of landmark reforms that pave the way for significant improvements to the governance of global football, including a clear separation of commercial and political decision-making, greater scrutiny of senior officials, and commitments to promoting women in football and human rights. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA rejects Blatter, Platini appeals; reduces bans to six years
    24 february 2016 18:12:29
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Football's governing body, FIFA, has rejected appeals by former president Joseph Sepp Blatter and head of European Football Association Michel Platini against banning them from all football-related activities. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA sanctions former executive committee member Makundi
    22 february 2016 11:36:55
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Worawi Makudi, former President of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, has been sanctioned by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee for failing to comply with a decision passed by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA warns, fines Beckenbauer
    17 february 2016 16:12:27
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee of world football's governing body, FIFA, chaired by Jack Kariko, has imposed a sanction of a warning and fine on German football official Franz Beckenbauer. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA bans former Secretary General Valcke for 12 years
    12 february 2016 17:00:02
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, has banned Mr Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA, for 12 years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana's support to Sexwale for FIFA post questionable
    27 january 2016 19:07:33
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s football association has indirectly admitted intentions to support South African Tokyo Sexwale for FIFA presidency, local media reported Wednesday.Full text...

  • South Africa: Concern over Sexwale's lacklustre FIFA campaign
    26 january 2016 10:12:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are growing calls for South African politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale to withdraw from the race for the FIFA presidency, amid concerns that he has no chance of making a serious bid. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA dismisses secretary general Valcke
    13 january 2016 12:02:26
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The world football governing body, FIFA, has sacked its secretary general, Jérôme Valcke. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Ethics Committee recommends suspension extension for Secretary-General
    05 january 2016 17:40:34
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee of FIFA, the world football governing body, Dr Cornel Borbély, has requested an extension of the suspension of FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, from all football-related activities for a further 45 days. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Ethics Committee bans Blatter, Platini 8 years each
    21 december 2015 10:56:45
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA's adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert on Monday banned Mr Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, and Mr Michel Platini, Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of FIFA and President of UEFA, for eight years each from all football-related activities.Full text...

  • Switzerland: Arrested FIFA officials identified
    03 december 2015 20:46:11
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Two officials of world football governing body, FIFA, who were arrested on Thursday morning for their alleged involvement in bribery scandals, have been identified.Full text...

  • Switzerland: Swiss police arrest two FIFA officials
    03 december 2015 10:12:14
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Swiss police on Thursday arrested two officials of world football governing body, FIFA, in Zurich. Full text...

  • African qualifiers for 2018 WC: Uganda, Zambia reach group phase
    15 november 2015 17:00:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Uganda and Zambia have joined Gabon in the third and final phase of the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, PANA reported from here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari hails victorious national U-17 team
    09 november 2015 18:09:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hailed the country's national Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, for winning the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after beating Mali 2-0 in the final on Sunday in Chile. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition calls for identification of FIFA bribery suspects
    05 november 2015 12:17:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday confirmed that it has called on Justice Minister Mike Masutha to reveal the FBI’s charge sheet into the US$10 million scandal that blew the lid of FIFA and implicated members of South Africa’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) earlier this year. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA confirms 7 candidates for presidential election
    28 october 2015 10:56:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA’s member associations have proposed seven candidates for the presidential election to take place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016 to replace Sepp Blatter. Full text...

  • Egypt: Two Africans, six others for FIFA presidency
    27 october 2015 11:10:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Two Africans are among the eight candidates who beat the 26 Oct. 2015 deadline to submit their entries for the Feb. 2016 election to the presidency of world football governing body, FIFA, PANA reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: Day 1 results for Groups E, F teams
    20 october 2015 06:22:57
    Santiago, Chile (PANA) - Here are results from Day 1 matches on Monday for teams in Groups E and F at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile. Full text...

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: Results from Day 1 matches in Groups C, D
    19 october 2015 06:58:15
    Santiago, Chile (PANA) - Here are results from Day 1 matches on Sunday for teams in Groups C and D at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile. Full text...

  • FIFA Under-17 WC: Nigeria begins title defence on high note, defeats USA 2-0
    18 october 2015 07:57:23
    Santiago, Chile (PANA) - Defending champions, Nigeria, on Saturday began the defence of the FIFA Under-17 title on a flying note, defeating USA 2-0 in a Group A match at Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in Santiago. Full text...

  • FIFA U-17 WC: Nigeria begins title defence
    17 october 2015 10:19:46
    Santiago, Chile (PANA) - Four-time winner Nigeria begins the defence of its FIFA under-17 title on Saturday with a Group A match against the US, whose previous record is a fourth-place finishing in 1999. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Issa Hayatou named Acting FIFA President
    08 october 2015 14:46:11
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World soccer's governing body, FIFA, Thursday named CAF President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon as the Acting President of FIFA, following a 90-day ban slammed on Sepp Blatter.Full text...

  • CAF qualifiers for 2018 World Cup: Some first-round, first-leg results
    07 october 2015 20:17:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are some results from the first-round, first-leg matches of the CAF qualifiers for 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia. Full text...

  • Latest FIFA ranking for Africa: Algeria leads for 20th unbroken month
    02 october 2015 08:57:03
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Algeria has retained its first position in Africa for the 20th unbroken month, according to the latest FIFA rankings for African senior men's football teams. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African senior football administrators charged over FIFA scandal
    21 september 2015 16:55:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Member of Parliament Solly Malatsi of the official opposition Democratic Alliance on Monday laid criminal charges at the Cape Town Central Police Station against two leading football administrators who have been implicated in the FIFA graft scandal. Full text...

  • FIFA Ranking: Algeria maintains lead for 16 straight month in Africa
    04 september 2015 06:31:59
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Algeria has continued to maintain its first position in Africa, according to the latest FIFA rankings for African senior men's football teams. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Nigeria captain, Odegbami, to run for FIFA presidency
    02 september 2015 09:44:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigeria captain Segun Odegbami has declared his intention to run for the Presidency of world soccer's governing body, FIFA, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Chung launches FIFA presidency bid
    17 august 2015 18:21:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Korean businessman and politician Chung Mong-joon has formally launched his bid for the FIFA presidency, stating that he will only seek a single term in the belief he can reform football’s global governing body in this time, UK-based organization, SportBusiness. said in a news dispatch Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: African teams in tough group at FIFA U-17 WC
    07 august 2015 11:10:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The four teams that will represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile are all in tough first round groups, but Guinea and Nigeria have even tougher opposition to contend with, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

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