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  • Senegalese supporters from all over the world
    31 may 2002 11:56:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Chris Caspa and Emmanuel Maboang are Cameroonians. Full text...

  • World Cup short stories
    31 may 2002 09:20:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Don't touch: The wives and girlfriends of players in the French Football team have arrived in Seoul since Wednesday. Full text...

  • Injury knocks two Senegalese players out of action
    31 may 2002 08:12:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Coach Bruno Metsu of the Senegalese national team will have to manage without Sylvain Ndiaye (Lille, D1 France) and Oumar Diallo (Khourigba, D1 Morocco) who were injured during preparatory games. Full text...

  • Possible line-ups of France and Senegal in World Cup opener
    31 may 2002 07:53:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Here are the possible line-ups of France and Senegal for the World Cup 2002 opening match slated for Friday beginning 11h30 GMT (20h30 local time) at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Full text...

  • Player sees Senegal taking lead in African football
    30 may 2002 22:34:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Olympique de Marseille striker Lamine Sakho of Senegalese descent reckons that in years to come his country would be the leading football nation in Africa. Full text...

  • France-based African Diaspora saddened by Hayatou's setback
    30 may 2002 21:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Many African immigrants in France expressed disappointment on Wednesday following the failed bid of Cameroon's Issa Hayatou for the presidency of the world football governing body FIFA. Full text...

  • Ex-Cameroonian goalie says Hayatou did not represent Africa
    30 may 2002 18:39:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Cameroon's former goalkeeper Joseph Antoine Bell said in Seoul, South Korea that his compatriot and CAF President Issa Hayatou's loss in the FIFA presidency race was not a defeat for Africa. Full text...

  • Abédi Pelé, George Weah laud Blatter's re-election
    30 may 2002 16:00:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- African football stars Abédi Pelé and George Weah, currently in Seoul for on-the-spot accounts of World Cup 2002, quickly expressed complete satisfaction following the re-election of Sepp Blatter on Wednesday as president of FIFA. Full text...

  • Liberians express mix views about Blatter's re-election
    30 may 2002 14:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- There continued to be mix reactions on Thursday in Liberia, ranging from concurrence to charges of racism, over the re-election of FIFA President Josep Sepp Blatter. Full text...

  • Ghanaians not surprised at Blatter's triumph
    30 may 2002 14:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Football administrators, analysts, coaches and fans in Ghana have expressed no surprise about the re- election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Full text...

  • Nigerian Papers Play Up Blatter's Victory
    30 may 2002 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Joseph Sepp Blatter's re-election Wednesday as president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) was prominently reported in Nigerian newspapers Thursday though he beat an African to retain his post. Full text...

  • Egyptian soccer body slated for backing Hayatou's FIFA bid
    30 may 2002 12:07:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian opposition paper on Thursday criticised the country's Football Federation for backing Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in his bid to head FIFA instead of "the incumbent and winner," Sepp Blatter. Full text...

  • Senegal's Lions Ready for World Cup Kick-off in Seoul
    30 may 2002 11:57:00
    Seoul- South Korea (PANA) -- Senegal's national football team was in a determined mood Thursday as the players waited to kick off the 2002 World Cup tournament against France. Full text...

  • Coach to name South Africa team Saturday
    30 may 2002 09:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's national football team coach Jomo Sono has said he will name the Bafana Bafana side which will play against Paraguay a day before Sunday's first Group B World Cup game. Full text...

  • South Africa welcomes Blatter's reappointment
    30 may 2002 08:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The reappointment of Joseph Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA has been welcomed in South Africa which hopes to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • Kenyans welcome Blatter's re-election
    30 may 2002 08:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans have welcomed the re-election of Joseph Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, saying he is the right man for the job. Full text...

  • Repairing FIFA's tainted image
    30 may 2002 07:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- For the past several months lovers of the world's most popular sport, football, have been torn between the devil and the deep blue sea. Full text...

  • US tennis star Serena Williams supports Cameroon in World Cup
    29 may 2002 23:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- US tennis star Serena Williams, number three seed at the Roland Garros tennis tournament in France, distinguished herself Wednesday during her first qualifying match for the second round by sporting a dress with Cameroon's national colours. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe hails Blatter's re-election to FIFA post
    29 may 2002 21:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior Zimbabwe football official Wednesday welcomed the re-election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, saying this was good for the development of football on the continent. Full text...

  • Fans in Dakar make predictions ahead of France-Senegal tie
    29 may 2002 20:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two days ahead of the opening match of the 2002 World Cup, pitting cupholder France against newcomer Senegal, predictions are flying around in Dakar where football fans say their team will give "hell" to the Frenchmen. Full text...

  • Senegalese player's theft report is destabilising move, say press
    29 may 2002 19:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese press Wednesday focused their comments on theft allegations levelled against footballer Khalilou Fadiga, saying the development was meant to destabilise the Senegalese football squad. Full text...

  • Cameroonians shocked by Hayatou's defeat
    29 may 2002 17:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians were in shock Wednesday over the re-election of FIFA President Joseph Blatter, at the expense of their compatriot and CAF President Issa Hayatou, during FIFA's 53rd Congress in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • DSTV cost drops in Zambia ahead of World Cup kick-off
    29 may 2002 16:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Soccer fans and TV watchers in Zambia have won a windfall ahead of the opening game of the World Cup tournament on Friday in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Nkono predicts Cameroon's victory over Ireland Saturday
    29 may 2002 16:08:00
    Niigata- Japan (PANA) -- Former ace Cameroonian goalkeeper Thomas Nkono, currently the "Indomitable Lions" assistant coach, has stressed the importance of a victory during his national football team's first World Cup match against Ireland on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerians hail Blatter's re-election
    29 may 2002 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians Wednesday hailed the re-election of FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter saying it would further boost the development of African football. Full text...

  • Zambia welcomes Blatter's re-election as FIFA head
    29 may 2002 11:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Several Zambian soccer administrators Wednesday welcomed the re-election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter with a landslide at the 53rd ordinary congress of the world soccer governing body in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Blatter re-elected FIFA president
    29 may 2002 09:35:00
    Seoul- Korea (PANA) -- Joseph Sepp Blatter was Wednesday re- elected president of FIFA for another four-year term during the world football governing body's 53rd Congress in Seoul, Korea. Full text...

  • Senegal has the potential to reach the second round, says Locotte
    28 may 2002 22:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegal's Boubacar "Locotte" Sarr, who is the assistant coach of Paris Saint Germain, has declared that Senegal has the potential to advance to the second round of the World Cup finals starting Friday in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Zoubeir Beya, the driving force of the Tunisian squad
    28 may 2002 20:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Zoubeir Beya, midfielder of the Tunisian football squad which qualified for World Cup 2002, is indisputably a driving force behind his team. Full text...

  • Africa remains divided ahead of FIFA presidential poll (Analysis)
    28 may 2002 20:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When Cameroon's Issa Hayatou announced his interest in gunning for the FIFA presidency earlier in the year, many thought he would enjoy the support of the entire African continent. Full text...

  • Senegalese camp denies theft allegations against Fadiga
    28 may 2002 19:16:00
    Daegu- South Korea (PANA) -- One of Senegal's players, Khalilou Fadiga, was reportedly questioned by South Korean police over a missing necklace in a shop in Daegu, the city where the Senegalese team has been based since their arrival in the country, police sources said. Full text...

  • South Africans arrive in South Korea for World Cup
    28 may 2002 18:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's national football team arrived Tuesday in Busan city, South Korea in a buoyant mood ahead of their World Cup opener against Paraguay on Sunday. Full text...

  • TV snatchers threaten Nairobi ahead of World Cup
    28 may 2002 15:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Owning a television set has become a risky affair in certain parts of Nairobi ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals kicking-off in Seoul, South Korea on Friday. Full text...

  • Three African countries out of FIFA election
    28 may 2002 12:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three African countries will not have the right to vote during the election for the president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), scheduled to be held Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Nigerian fans assured of power supply during World Cup
    28 may 2002 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's power monopoly NEPA has assured Nigerian soccer fans of steady power supply to enable them watch matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals kicking- off Friday, especially those involving the national soccer side. Full text...

  • Kenya's ousted football officials to vote in FIFA poll
    27 may 2002 20:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Embattled Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chairman Maina Kariuki and secretary Hussein Swaleh have flown to South Korea for Wednesday's FIFA presidential election despite last week's dissolution of the federation by the government. Full text...

  • Denmark beats Tunisia 2-1 in friendly match
    27 may 2002 19:03:00
    Wakoyama- Japan (PANA) -- The Danish national football team beat its Tunisian counterpart 2-1 Sunday in Wakoyama in a friendly encounter ahead of the World Cup finals starting Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Church cancels service for Super Eagles
    27 may 2002 17:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Catholic Church in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos has cancelled one of its four services for Sunday 2 June, so that parishioners can watch the telecast of the Super Eagles' opening match against Argentina in the 2002 World Cup, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo cheers World Cup-bound Super Eagles
    27 may 2002 16:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has written a letter to members of the country's national soccer squad "to cheer them up" ahead of the 2002 World Cup starting on Friday. Full text...

  • Zied Jaziri, a rising star in Tunisian forward line
    27 may 2002 13:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian striker Zied Jaziri who celebrates his 24th anniversary in July, has imposed himself as one of the key elements of the Tunisian football team currently preparing for the second consecutive participation in the FIFA World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Cameroon's striker Patrick Mboma set for World Cup finals
    26 may 2002 17:14:00
    Tokyo- Japan (PANA) -- Cameroon's prolific scorer Patrick Mboma, out of action since suffering an injury during the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali, resurfaced Sunday at a World Cup warm-up tie with England, in which the two countries drew 2-2. Full text...

  • World Cup fever grips Nigerian newspapers
    26 may 2002 16:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With five days to the start of the 2002 World Cup, Nigerian newspapers are devoting their entire sports pages to the global competition, being co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Full text...

  • Nigerian player is youngest at 2002 World Cup
    26 may 2002 14:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian forward Bartholomew Ogbeche, who will be 17 in October, will be the youngest player featuring in the 2002 World Cup when the competition kicks-off next Friday, according to a list released by International Association of Football Federations (FIFA). Full text...

  • Cameroon draws 2-2 with England in friendly
    26 may 2002 11:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Cameroon Saturday nearly defeated England in a warm-up match in Japan before the World Cup tournament which begins on Friday in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Botswana woman wins trip to World Cup finals
    25 may 2002 15:16:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A Moswana woman has won an all expenses paid trip to South Korea to watch the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals kicking-off next Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisian players vote in referendum while in Japan
    25 may 2002 00:01:00
    Kashihara- Japan (PANA) -- Tunisian national football players on Friday briefly interrupted their preparations the 2002 World Cup finals to vote in their country's constitutional referendum. Full text...

  • Eto'o Fils scores for Cameroon in Nakatsue friendly
    24 may 2002 20:50:00
    Nakatsue- Japan (PANA) -- Cameroon's striker Samuel Eto'o Fils scored his national soccer team's lone goal Friday as the 'Indomitable Lions' played a warm-up match at Nakatsue village in southern Japan. Full text...

  • Senegal, South Africa win World Cup warm-up ties
    24 may 2002 16:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Cup-bound Senegal and South Africa Thursday beat their counterparts from Ecuador and Turkey respectively, in warm-up matches ahead of the global soccer championship kicking off 31 May in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Mauritania promises support for Issa Hayatou
    24 may 2002 13:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has declared its support for the candidature of Cameroon's Issa Hayatou, president of the African Football Confederation, who is gunning for the presidency of world football body FIFA, official sources affirmed in Nouakchott on Thursday. Full text...

  • Skipper Roy Keanne unlisted in Irish World Cup squad
    23 may 2002 23:13:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Irish hopes for a remarkable performance at the World Cup this year have been dented by an announcement Thursday that Skipper Roy Keanne is out of the squad and is heading back for Ireland following a series of arguments with management and the coaches over training facilities. Full text...

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