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  • Edo State governor to lead Nigerian delegation to World Cup
    23 may 2002 14:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Lucky Igbinedion of Nigeria's midwestern state of Edo has been named to lead a 13-member federal government delegation to the 2002 World Cup to be co-hosted by South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. Full text...

  • Betting Kenyans go gaga in World Cup fever
    22 may 2002 22:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Gripped by the expected excitement that comes with each World Cup tournament, Kenyan fans are increasingly getting engrossed in intense lobbying, and betting their way on the performances of teams and players as curtains go up in this year's football extravaganza in Japan and South Korea, come 31 May. Full text...

  • Cameroon World Cup players get 30 million FCFA each
    22 may 2002 20:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian national soccer team players received each 30 million FCFA (about 41,000 USD) before accepting to board the plane in Paris Tuesday night for the World Cup finals in Japan, the state-owned daily 'Cameroon Tribune' reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nakatsue ready to host Cameroon's Indomitable Lions
    22 may 2002 19:48:00
    Nakatsue- Japan (PANA) -- Cameroon's 'Indomitable Lions,' the African soccer champions, will camp at a village in Oita Prefecture, southern Japan for their final preparations before the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals kicking off 31 May. Full text...

  • Nigerian tycoon offers Eagles 100,000 Pounds to beat Argentina
    22 may 2002 13:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Raising the obsession with soccer in the country to a new height, a Nigerian businessman has promised the country's national team 100,000 pounds sterling, if it beats Argentina in their 2002 World Cup first match 2 June, the daily Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria may drop ailing defender Celestine Babayaro from squad
    22 may 2002 12:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of the 2002 World Cup, Nigerian head coach Adegboye Onigbinde has put three players on standby to replace ailing defender Celestine Babayaro, according to Taiwo Ogunjobi, the secretary-general of the Nigeria Football Association in Lagos. Full text...

  • Injured South African key player to miss World Cup
    22 may 2002 08:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Bafana Bafana defender Mathew Booth, has been de-camped in Hong Kong after sustaining a knee injury during the South African national football team's training session Tuesday, the press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Visa International Renews Rugby World Cup Sponsorship
    21 may 2002 20:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Visa International on Tuesday announced that it was renewing its highly successful Rugby World Cup sponsorship as an Official Worldwide Partner and official payment service. Full text...

  • Mixed reactions greet Nigeria's World Cup team list
    21 may 2002 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian sports analysts, fans and players are divided over the country's 2002 soccer World Cup team, announced in London Sunday by head coach Adegboye Onigbinde. Full text...

  • Cameroon names World Cup squad
    21 may 2002 13:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has named a 23-member team for the 2002 World Cup, largely the same squad that won the last African Cup of Nations title in Mali. Full text...

  • South Africa beats Scotland 2-0 in four-nation tournament
    20 may 2002 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa Monday found a boost ahead of the 2002 World Cup finals when it beat Scotland 2- 0 in its opening match at a four-nation warm-up tournament in Hong Kong that includes Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Pilot's "good luck" charm for South Africa's World Cup bid
    20 may 2002 14:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Many soccer fans believe the pilot who flew South Africa's World Cup football team to Hong Kong for final preparations ahead of the global soccer tournament, may hold Bafana Bafana's lucky charm. Full text...

  • Cameroon sends high-powered delegation to 2002 World Cup
    20 may 2002 13:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- In addition to the national football team, Cameroon is also despatching a high-powered delegation of government officials to the World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Indomitable Lions anxiously awaited in Nakatsue
    20 may 2002 13:34:00
    Nakatsue- Japan (PANA) -- Locals and reporters were Monday disappointed when African champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, failed to show up at the Taio Sports Centre in Nakatsue, Japan where they are to camp for the World Cup finals kicking off 31 May. Full text...

  • Nigeria names World Cup squad for Japan
    20 may 2002 10:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- There were few surprises Sunday as Nigeria named its 23-man squad for the 2002 World Cup starting in South Korea and Japan next week. Full text...

  • Tunisia cancels friendly match against Argentina
    19 may 2002 21:03:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's national team coaches have cancelled Wednesday's scheduled friendly preparatory match against Argentina, the country's news agency (TAP) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Newspapers hail Nigeria's soccer victory over Jamaica
    19 may 2002 16:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian newspapers Sunday hailed the country's 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday in London, declaring the national team ready for the 2002 World Cup soccer finals scheduled to start on 31 May. Full text...

  • Tunisia's national team in final preparations
    19 may 2002 16:28:00
    Saiki- Japan (PANA) -- Tunisian national football team are in Saiki, Japan since Friday to wind up preparations for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Nigeria beats Jamaica 1-0 in World Cup warm-up
    18 may 2002 21:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigeria recorded its second straight win in as many matches in three days, beating Jamaica 1-0 Saturday in a 2002 World Cup warm-up tie in London. Full text...

  • South African team named for camp
    30 april 2002 20:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African coach Jomo Sono said Tuesday that he had opted for experience when he named 31 players to go to camp ahead of the World Cup. Full text...

  • Probable Hayatou/Blatter encounter at Roger Milla's jubilee
    29 april 2002 23:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The two rivals vying for the chair of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Blatter and Issa Hayatou, are likely to meet at the jubilee of the Cameroonian football legend Roger Milla who has affirmed having invited both of them. Full text...

  • 16 African football federations voice support for Blatter
    29 april 2002 15:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The presidents of 16 of the 23 African football federations have expressed commitment to support outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter in his search for a new mandate to head the world football governing body. Full text...

  • Nigeria may return soccer medal to FIFA for cheating
    29 april 2002 15:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A government panel that probed allegations of age falsification by a Nigerian player during the 2001 FIFA-organised Under-17 World Cup tournament has recommended that Nigeria return the silver medal it won at the championship. Full text...

  • Cameroonian lawyer forms support committee for Hayatou
    27 april 2002 14:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian lawyer, Charles Nguini has set up "Tous Avec Hayatou" (all for Hayatou), a support committee for Issa Hayatou's bid to get elected president of FIFA. Full text...

  • Politics, sports hit the headlines in Cameroon
    26 april 2002 22:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Newspapers in Cameroon this week wrote about the 23 June parliamentary and local government elections, the first round French presidential ballot and CAF president's bid to be elected as head of FIFA. Full text...

  • Ivorian Zinsou campaigning for Hayatou's FIFA bid
    26 april 2002 18:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Simplice Zinsou, former chairman of Ivorian football club Africa Sports and now an adviser to CAF president Issay Hayatou, is campaigning for the latter's bid for election as president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). Full text...

  • Race for FIFA presidency is colour blind (Analysis)
    26 april 2002 18:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Those who thought that the colour of the FIFA presidency aspirants would take centre stage during the 29 May elections in Seoul, South Korea, are greatly mistaken. Full text...

  • Nigerian coach invites 30 players against Kenyan side
    26 april 2002 11:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian head coach Adegboye Onigbinde has invited 30 players to camp for the Super Eagles' friendly against the Harambee Stars of Kenya on 4 May at the National Stadium in Lagos, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has said. Full text...

  • Ugandan FA supports Blatter's re-election bid
    25 april 2002 11:37:00
    Kampala Uganda (PANA) -- Dennis Obua, President of the Federation of Ugandan Football Association (FUFA), says the Federation supports the bid of FIFA President Sepp Blatter for re-election 29 May. Full text...

  • Cameroonian paper denounces Hayatou betrayal
    23 april 2002 23:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's newspaper Le Messager had deplored the initiative taken by the vice president of the Libyan Football Federation to lead an African coalition opposed to the election of Issa Hayatou as FIFA president. Full text...

  • Issa Hayatou banks on African votes for FIFA chair
    23 april 2002 19:15:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Issa Hayatou, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and candidate for the presidency of FIFA said Monday in Algiers that he was counting on a maximum of African votes to win the election. Full text...

  • Nigerian VP to lead Super Eagles to 2002 World Cup
    23 april 2002 14:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar will lead the country's national team to the 2002 World Cup, in the clearest indication yet that the country's political leaders are putting their weight behind the team. Full text...

  • Uganda's FIFA presidency vote goes to Blatter
    23 april 2002 09:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Federation of Uganda football Association (FUFA) has broken its silence over the upcoming FIFA presidential election, saying that incumbent Joseph Sepp Blatter was its choice for the topmost post in world football. Full text...

  • Nigerian soccer coach dreams friendly with Cameroon
    22 april 2002 15:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Assistant coach with Nigeria's national soccer team wants a friendly between the Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, before the May-June 2002 World Cup. Full text...

  • Official re-states Nigeria's support for Hayatou
    22 april 2002 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian official has re-stated the country's support for Cameroonian Issa Hayatou in next month's election into the presidency of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA. Full text...

  • Nigerians hail Eagles' 2-1 victory over Scotland
    19 april 2002 16:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian soccer fans have commended the Super Eagles over their 2-1 victory against Scotland in an international soccer friendly played in Aberdeen, Scotland, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian newspaper asks NFA to apologise to Blatter
    19 april 2002 16:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's daily Champion newspaper has asked the country's football authorities to tender "unreserved apology" to FIFA President Sepp Blatter for mishandling his recent visit to Lagos. Full text...

  • Mauritian TV will show 64 World Cup matches live
    17 april 2002 23:46:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Acting Mauritian prime minister Paul Berenger has revealed in Parliament that the country's MBC television will show live 64 World Cup matches in this summer's contest to be co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Full text...

  • Nigeria beats Scotland 2-1 in World Cup warm-up tie
    17 april 2002 22:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Nigeria's Super Eagles came from behind to beat Scotland 2-1 in a World Cup warm up match played Wednesday at the Pittodrie stadium in Scotland. Full text...

  • Tunisian FA says no contract with French coach
    17 april 2002 21:14:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) President, Belhassen Fekih, says the Federation has not signed any contract with French coach Rolland Courbis ahead of World Cup finals in May. Full text...

  • Cracks appear in CECAFA ahead of FIFA poll (Feature)
    16 april 2002 22:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Cracks have started appearing in the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) ahead of May's FIFA presidency elections, only a few days after throwing its weight behind Issa Hayatou. Full text...

  • Cameroon takes on Austria Wednesday in friendly
    16 april 2002 21:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's national football squad, the Indomitable Lions, will take on Austria Wednesday in Vienna in a warm-up match ahead of the forthcoming World Cup finals jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea, Andre Nguidjol, administrative and financial director of the Lions, said Tuesday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • ANOCA supports Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    16 april 2002 20:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) is supporting Cameroonian Issa Hayatou's candidature in May's FIFA presidential elections, ANOCA President Alpha Diallo declared in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Roger Milla's support for Blatter irks Cameroonians
    16 april 2002 20:15:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The support of former African football star Roger Milla for incumbent FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter continues to provoke anger among Cameroonians whose son, Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou, is running against Blatter for the top job in world football. Full text...

  • Rwandan FA supports Blatter's FIFA re-election
    15 april 2002 16:51:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's Football Association fully supports Sepp Blatter's bid for re-election as FIFA President, the FA's chairman, Caesar Kayizari has said. Full text...

  • Hayatou to visit Guinea in May
    15 april 2002 16:28:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- CAF President Issa Hayatou is due in Conakry in May to brief Guinean President Lansana Conte and football officials in the country, on his bid for the FIFA presidency, informed sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian football team prepares for Scotland
    13 april 2002 13:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven home-based members of the Nigerian national football side, the Super Eagles, left Lagos for London Friday to join their foreign-based counterparts ahead of the 17 April friendly against Scotland in Aberdeen. Full text...

  • Hayatou Summons Southern African Soccer Chiefs
    13 april 2002 12:07:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- In his bid to become FIFA's head, Issa Hayatou, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called a meeting of Southern African soccer chiefs in South Africa. Full text...

  • Moroccan among 2002 World Cup referees
    11 april 2002 23:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan will be among referees picked to officiate at this year's World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. Full text...

  • Arabs seek expulsion of Israel from FIFA and IOC
    09 april 2002 23:07:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Arab Football Union (UAF) secretary general Othmane Assaad has announced in Tunis the launch of a campaign to keep Israel out of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Full text...

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