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  • 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...

  • Botswana to Decide on FIFA Election
    09 april 2002 19:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) ­ Botswana Football Asso-ciation president David Fani said Tuesday that officials of his association would meet soon to decide on which candidate to back for the FIFA presidency. Full text...

  • Malawi may back Blatter's re-election as FIFA boss
    09 april 2002 12:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- With FIFA President Sepp Blatter on a seven-hour visit to Malawi Tuesday, the southern African country seems poised to join a number of African countries turning their backs on Issa Hayatou, the Confederation of African Football president vying for the top-most job at the world football governing body. Full text...

  • Sepp Blatter campaigns in South Africa
    08 april 2002 20:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Incumbent FIFA President Sepp Blatter took his re-election campaign to South Africa Monday, where he reiterated earlier sentiments that Africa should host the 2010 World Cup finals. Full text...

  • CAF allays fears of election sanctions
    08 april 2002 17:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has allayed fears that it would sanction members who fail to vote for its president, Issa Hayatou, at next month's FIFA elections in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Blatter makes whistle-stop visit to South Africa
    08 april 2002 17:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Sepp Blatter paid a whistle- stop visit to Johannesburg Monday and held talks with South African Sports minister Ngconde Balfour about a new initiative to drum up support for his re-election as FIFA president. Full text...

  • Algeria backs Issa Hayatou for FIFA presidency
    08 april 2002 11:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has officially announced its support for Issa Hayatou's candidacy in the race for the FIFA presidency, in which the Cameroonian is trying to oust incumbent Swiss Sepp Blatter for the top world football post at the 29 May elections in Seoul, South Korea. Full text...

  • Mali backs Issa Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    07 april 2002 16:48:00
    Ségou- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's former Football Association president Amadou Diakité affirmed Sunday in Segou, 240 km from Bamako that his country "wholeheartedly" supports Issa Hayatou's bid for the FIFA presidency. Full text...

  • Blatter fails to meet Nigerian sports officials
    07 april 2002 16:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Poor scheduling and visa problems Reportedly prevented Sepp Blatter, the President of the world soccer governing body, FIFA, from meeting Nigerian sports officials during his visit to the country Friday, local newspapers said. Full text...

  • Chadian Olympic Committee supports Hayatou's bid
    06 april 2002 11:09:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian Olympic and Sports Committee (COST) has decided to support the bid by Issa Hayatou, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), for the presidency of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), a COST official has said. Full text...

  • Blatter visit dominates press reports in Botswana
    05 april 2002 23:31:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter's weekend visit has dominated the press in Botswana, with some comments intimating that Blatter will use the FIFA goal projects currently running here as a bargaining chip for his campaign to retain his rule as world football governor. Full text...

  • Botswana to support Hayatou for FIFA presidency
    05 april 2002 20:23:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- FIFA executive committee member and Confederation of Southern African Football Associations chief Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana has said that he would support Confederation of African Football (CAF) boss Issa Hayatou for the FIFA presidency in a May vote in South Korea. Full text...

  • British newspaper alleges Blatter plans to rig FIFA poll
    05 april 2002 20:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Daily Mail newspaper, has accused Sepp Blatter, President of the world's football governing body of planning to "stampede" the FIFA extra-ordinary session in May into re-electing him. Full text...

  • Hayatou expected in Algiers
    05 april 2002 17:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Issa Hayatou, President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), was being expected in Algiers, Friday for talks with officials of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF). Full text...

  • FIFA president to commission 'goal project' in Zambia
    05 april 2002 13:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Football Association of Zambia is preparing a red carpet welcome for FIFA president Sepp Blatter when he arrives in Lusaka Saturday to commission a football development project. Full text...

  • FIFA president starts southern Africa tour
    05 april 2002 08:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- FIFA President Joseph S. Full text...

  • Hayatou teems with optimism about bid for FIFA presidency
    03 april 2002 20:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- CAF president Issa Hayatou, gunning for the presidency of FIFA, Wednesday affirmed in Tunis that he was "on an even keel with the incumbent Joseph Blatter," adding that had he any doubts about his chances, he would not have pressed his candidacy. Full text...

  • CECAFA chief urges African governments to support Hayatou
    03 april 2002 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farah Addo, President of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), has called on African governments to support Issa Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency. Full text...

  • SCSA supports Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    03 april 2002 12:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) on Wednesday issued a statement in Yaounde expressing its "total support" for Issa Hayatou's bid for the presidency of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). Full text...

  • Hayatou woos Tunisia ahead of FIFA election
    02 april 2002 18:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- CAF president Issa Hayatou was in Tunis on Monday as part of an African tour to canvass for support ahead of next May's FIFA presidential election, in which he is challenging the incumbent Sepp Blatter. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers comment on Hayatou's bid for FIFA presidency
    18 march 2002 18:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian press Monday weighed the chances of African Football Confederation (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou, in the race for the presidency of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). Full text...

  • Hayatou declares candidacy for FIFA presidency
    16 march 2002 18:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The President of CAF, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon announced on Saturday that he was standing as a candidate for the presidency of FIFA. Full text...

  • Egypt, South Africa gunning for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
    14 march 2002 13:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egypt and South Africa are among the countries bidding to host the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, the world's soccer governing body, FIFA, press office has announced. Full text...

  • FIFA pardons Zambian player who tested positive for banned drugs
    13 march 2002 15:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian star striker Roatson Kilambe has been pardoned by FIFA, the world soccer governing body, after he tested positive for banned substances. Full text...

  • Senghor's death clouds World Cup's sojourn in Senegal
    24 december 2001 19:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The world football trophy currently doing a round of Africa's flag bearers in the 2002 finals arrived in Dakar 20 December, the same day news was received of the death of Senegal's first president, Leopold Sedar Senghor. Full text...

  • Hosting the World Cup: Africa's hopes deferred
    19 december 2001 13:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Only hours after announcing last March that Africa's turn had come to host the 2010 World Cup, FIFA retracted on the statement. Full text...

  • Professional football still embryonic in Africa
    19 december 2001 12:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African football might have come a long way, but the continent is still a long way to catching up with world football giants the likes of Europe and Latin America. Full text...

  • Football and politics: the marriage of interests survives
    19 december 2001 12:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Of all games, football has long been considered a source, par excellence, of amusement in Africa. Full text...

  • African footballers: the forgotten stars of yesterday
    19 december 2001 10:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the late seventies, former football stars from Ghana and Nigeria embarked on a vast programme to restructure football in their countries by targeting and training identified talented youngsters. Full text...

  • Africa has a come a long way in football
    14 december 2001 21:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa undoubtedly has great passion for football. Full text...

  • South African Football club owner gets FIFA appointment
    12 december 2001 19:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Irvin Khoza, the owner of South Africa's Orlando Pirates football club has been appointed into the Dispute and Resolution Sub-Committee of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA. Full text...

  • DR Congo court orders FIFA to pay 400,000 dollars in damages
    07 december 2001 16:12:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A court in Gombe, DR Congo has ordered the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to pay 400,000 US dollars in damages to Edouard Kiaku Mbuta, a former secretary general of the Congolese Football Association (FECOFA). Full text...

  • New coach finds Cameroon a serious World Cup contender
    05 december 2001 14:25:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's national football team, the Indomitable Lions, is a side to reckon with at the forthcoming World Cup finals, boasts their new coach, German-born Rudi Voeller. Full text...

  • Cameroon regrets cancellation of soccer friendly with Germany
    04 december 2001 23:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon Football Association expects to suffer a loss of 300 million FCFA (about 428,587 US dollars) following FIFA's cancellation of a soccer friendly the country's national team was scheduled to play against Germany in May next year. Full text...

  • Former Cameroonian goalkeeper happy with World Cup
    04 december 2001 22:11:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's former goalkeeper, Joseph- Antoine Bell said Monday that the World Cup 2002 draw made last Saturday was "excellent" for the "Indomitable Lions". Full text...

  • French papers comment on the France-Senegal clash
    03 december 2001 20:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The match pitching France against Senegal to mark the kick-off of the World Cup 2002 finals starting 31 May in Japan and South Korea has aroused enthusiastic comments in street conversations and the press in Paris. Full text...

  • Namibia drops on FIFA ranking list
    18 october 2001 09:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia risks sliding out of the top 100 bracket of the world's best soccer playing nations if it does not play a series of friendlies or competitive matches soon, the Nambia News Agency (NAMPA) has warned. Full text...

  • Two national players pass FIFA dope test
    17 october 2001 17:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Two players of the Liberian national soccer squad, Lone Star, have passed a dope test administered by FIFA, the world football governing body, press reports said in Monrovia on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Namibia among Africa's best 20
    19 september 2001 20:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Notwithstanding the country's relative inactivity in the last two months, Namibia still ranks among the world's top 100 in the game of football. Full text...

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