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  • FIFA sanctions, Biya's new plane top news in Cameroon
    23 april 2004 17:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Sanctions imposed on Cameroon by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the purchase of a new jet by President Paul Biya were undoubtedly the top news in the Cameroonian media during the week. Full text...

  • Zambian FA nominates Mtine for FIFA honors
    20 april 2004 12:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Veteran soccer administrator, Tom Mtine has been nominated by the Zambian FA for the list of honorees the world soccer governing body, FIFA, will recognise during its upcoming centennial celebrations, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon to appeal FIFA sanctions
    17 april 2004 14:55:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon is to appeal against the decision by the world's soccer governing body, FIFA, to deduct six points from the country in the 2006 World Cup qualification series, over the Indomitable Lions' controversial kit at the last African Nations Cup tournament, an FA official said Saturday. Full text...

  • FIFA sanctions Cameroon over illegal jersey
    17 april 2004 11:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The world's Football governing body, FIFA, has fined Cameroon 200,000 Swiss francs (about 128,800 Euro) for using a controversial Puma-manufactured "one-piece" jersey during the last African Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Blatter restates stance on co-hosting of 2010 World Cup
    08 april 2004 12:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan and Tunisian application to co-host the 2010 World Cup will not be approved, Joseph Sepp Blatter, president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), re-stated here Wednesday at the end of a one-day visit to Libya. Full text...

  • FIFA president Joseph Blatter in Morocco
    07 april 2004 20:40:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The President of the Federation International of Football Associations Joseph Blatter arrived Wednesday in Casablanca, 100 km south of Rabat to begin a two-day visit to Morocco. Full text...

  • France to back Morocco's World Cup bid - paper
    16 march 2004 20:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- France will back Morocco's bid to host the 2010 World Cup finals, according to French sports magazine "L'Equipe". Full text...

  • FIFA team due in Ethiopia to resolve FA dispute
    06 march 2004 10:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation of the world's football governing body, FIFA, is expected in Addis Ababa Sunday to help resolve a leadership dispute dogging the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) since last year, FA official said. Full text...

  • Gambian lawyer sits in FIFA Tribunal
    03 march 2004 22:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian human rights lawyer Ousman Sillah has been appointed to serve as a judge in FIFA's arbitration court, a press release from Gambia Football Association (GFA) indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • FECOFA to build football centre in Kinshasa
    03 march 2004 18:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo Football Federation (FECOFA) is to build a modern soccer training centre in Kinkole, 40-km east of the nation's capital Kinshasa, sources close to the Federation said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Swazi FA faces halt to FIFA aid package
    14 january 2004 11:53:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Cash-strapped National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) stands to lose a Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) quarterly funding of US$11,000 unless the Swazi FA puts its house in order promptly. Full text...

  • FIFA official to probe Swazi FA
    12 january 2004 17:54:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Development Officer Ashford Mamelodi arrives here Monday to probe the cash-strapped National Football Association of Swaziland. Full text...

  • FIFA inspectors due in Libya 7 January
    30 december 2003 15:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) inspectors are slated to arrive here 7 January on a weeklong mission as part of a tour of five African countries bidding to host the World Cup in 2010. Full text...

  • Is Blatter crying wolf?
    22 december 2003 07:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When FIFA President Sepp Blatter, the seasoned Swiss sports administrator talks football, the soccer world listens, just like he has touched a sore point in his latest observation that Europe's leading clubs are engaged in "social and economic rape" of Third World countries. Full text...

  • FIFA 2010 inspection team ends mission in Tunisia
    18 december 2003 22:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Inspectors from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) left Tunis Thursday after concluding a week-long tour to Tunisia, one of the five countries seeking to host the 2010 finals to be staged in Africa. Full text...

  • SOS Children's Village, FIFA campaign for six villages
    11 december 2003 13:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- SOS Children's Villages and FIFA have launched a joint charity campaign under the slogan "6 Villages for 2006", with the objective of collecting donations for the construction of six new SOS Children's Villages -- one on each continent. Full text...

  • World Cup qualifier: Ghana 2 Somalia 0
    19 november 2003 20:03:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Wednesday beat Somalia 2-0 in their second leg World Cup qualifier played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Full text...

  • Mauritania upsets Zimbabwe 2-1 in World Cup qualifier
    15 november 2003 12:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Soccer minnows Mauritania Friday night posted a big upset by beating Zimbabwe 2-1 in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • S. Africa's World Cup bid "best bet for Africa," says official
    07 november 2003 08:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's 2010 World Cup Bid Committee's chief executive officer, Danny Jordaan, has expressed confidence that "South Africa is the best bet for the African continent. Full text...

  • FIFA checks on South Africa's readiness to host World Cup
    04 november 2003 19:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) inspectors arrived in Cape Town Tuesday as part of their five-day visit to South Africa. Full text...

  • Morocco, first World Cup bidder inspected by FIFA
    07 october 2003 09:30:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)'s technical committee in charge of inspecting the facilities of five African countries bidding to host the World Football Cup in 2010 is expected to arrive in Morocco Tuesday night. Full text...

  • World Cup 2010: Morocco's application file weighs 10 kg
    30 september 2003 20:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan delegation took a 10-kg application file to Zurich, Headquarters of the world soccer governing body, FIFA, to support the country's bid to host the 2010 World Cup, FA sources said in Rabat Tuesday. Full text...

  • FIFA rejects Tunisia-Libya joint bid for 2010 World Cup
    30 september 2003 18:01:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- World soccer governing body, FIFA Tuesday rejected a joint bid by Tunisia and Libya to host the 2010 World Cup, Tunisia FA sources said. Full text...

  • Govt spares Kenyan FA for fear of FIFA sanctions
    30 september 2003 17:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Sports Minister Najib Balala told parliament Tuesday the government could not take drastic action against the troubled Kenya Football Federation (KFF) because of possible sanctions from world's soccer governing body, FIFA. Full text...

  • World Cup: Ghanaians praise eliminated Black Queens
    29 september 2003 21:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian soccer fans have praised the country's female national team, the Black Queens, which crushed out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in the US. Full text...

  • Nigeria withdraws 2010 World Cup bid
    29 september 2003 18:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Monday formally withdrew its bid to host the 2010 World Cup, which the International Football Federation (FIFA) has zoned to Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa's win of World Cup bid to profit FIFA $3bn
    29 september 2003 09:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has backed its bid for the 2010 World Cup with a $3-billion guarantee to FIFA if it is awarded the right to host the prestigious tournament, a local newspaper said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian fans blame coach, referee, for loss in women's World Cup
    26 september 2003 14:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian fans have condemned the performance of the Argentine referee and the selection of players by coach Sam Okpodu for Nigeria's 0-5 loss to defending champions and host US in their second match Thursday at the current FIFA Women's World Cup. Full text...

  • Nigerian women's World Cup team disappoints fans
    21 september 2003 16:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several Nigerian Sunday papers and fans have expressed disappointment with the country's team after it lost 0-3 to North Korea in Saturday's opening match of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in the US. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives CAF President
    19 september 2003 15:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday in Tripoli, received visiting President of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Issa Hayatou, and the head of CAF's organising committee of inter-club competitions, Slim Chiboub, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported Friday. Full text...

  • FIFA picks 6 African female referees for 2003 Women's World Cup
    17 september 2003 20:18:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Six African female referees have been chosen to officiate at the FIFA Women's soccer World Cup finals kicking off Saturday in the US, football officials said in Lome. Full text...

  • Nigerian Falcons fly to US for FIFA World Cup tournament
    16 september 2003 16:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's female soccer team, the "Super Falcons," flew out of Lagos Tuesday to the US for the 2003 FIFA World Cup finals, hoping to surpass their quarter-final placing at the last fiesta. Full text...

  • FIFA team expected in Nigeria Tuesday for two-day visit
    01 september 2003 14:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top officials of world football governing body, FIFA, are scheduled to begin an official visit to Nigeria Tuesday, Secretary-General Taiwo Ogunjobi of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Blatter invited to open Burkinabe sports Centre in November
    20 august 2003 16:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Joseph Blatter, President of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA, has been invited to inaugurate the Burkinabe National Technical Centre for sports development in November, according to Kablan Sampon, Co-ordinator of FIFA Goal Project in West Africa. Full text...

  • FIFA's Blatter hails Benin's CAN debut
    08 august 2003 13:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Josep Sepp Blatter, president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), has congratulated Benin on its first-ever qualification for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) finals, sports officials said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to train in England for FIFA U-17 Championship
    15 july 2003 16:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria, one of Africa's three representatives in next month's FIFA Under-17 Championship, will train in England before heading to the international tournament in Finland, according to Nigerian football officials. Full text...

  • Blatter says late Foe was 'respected athlete'
    03 july 2003 23:18:00
    Lyon- France (PANA) -- The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has described Marc-Vivien Foe, Cameroon's midfielder who collapsed and died 26 June during a semi-final match in the Confederations Cup, as a "brilliant, loved and respected athlete. Full text...

  • Cameroon still tops Africa in FIFA rankings
    27 june 2003 13:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are still the highest ranked team on the African continent, information from FIFA indicates. Full text...

  • Tunisia formalises bid to host 2010 World Cup
    31 may 2003 18:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunisian Football Association (FTF) Saturday officially announced the country's bid to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • Pretoria to set up ministerial team for 2010 World Cup bid
    14 may 2003 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa is to set up an Inter-ministerial committee to oversee government's input into the country's bid to host the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, an official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa kicks off 2010 World Cup hosting bid Wednesday
    30 april 2003 14:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's national football team "Bafana Bafana" have lost another key player ahead of Wednesday night's clash against Jamaica in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria rallies citizens in US around World Cup 2010 bid
    30 april 2003 12:02:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria's World Cup 2010 bid dubbed 'the African Bid' was launched amid cheers Tuesday at the Nigeria House in New York, with speakers challenging citizens to contribute to its success. Full text...

  • South African FA refuses to comment on bribery claims
    21 april 2003 10:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Football Association officials have declined to comment on fresh allegations that Germany's successful 2006 soccer World Cup bid was rigged. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans 2010 World Cup bid awareness in Washington
    17 april 2003 12:37:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- World Cup Bid Management Committee for Nigeria 2010 said Thursday it will recruit the services of US publicity giant, Alan Rothenberg, as it plans to showcase the American chapter of the bid on 26 April in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Pretoria throws weight behind 2010 World Cup bid
    15 april 2003 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour said South Africa was "readier than ever" to host the 2010 World Cup tournament. Full text...

  • South Africa gets R15 million boost for 2010 World Cup bid
    12 april 2003 12:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglo American Corporation of South Africa has announced that it will contribute 15 million rand in support of South Africa's bid for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Full text...

  • FIFA requests Mauritania FA to rewrite rule books
    01 april 2003 20:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mohamed Rarouroua, chairman of the Algerian Football Association and a FIFA representative at the election of the executive of the Mauritania Football Association (FMF), has urged the new FMF management to overhaul its rule books to adapt them to the standard texts of football's world governing body. Full text...

  • Nigerian daily plays World Cup joke on readers
    01 april 2003 14:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian daily 'Champion' newspaper reported Tuesday that soccer's world governing body, FIFA, had awarded the 2010 World Cup hosting to Nigeria, but quickly alerted readers it was in the spirit of April Fool's Day. Full text...

  • Six African countries bid to host 2010 World Cup
    08 march 2003 15:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- World football body FIFA has confirmed that six African countries, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Nigeria have signalled their intention to host the 2010 World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Nigeria to spend 8 million dollars on World Cup bid
    06 march 2003 13:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's bid to host the 2010 football World Cup will cost $8 million at the initial stage, according to Makanjuola Ajadi, a member of the Senate committee on sports. Full text...

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