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  • 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...

  • Gamba Osaka trounces Tunisia 3-0 in a friendly tie
    23 may 2002 20:18:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Japanese first division team of Gamba Osaka Thursday whacked the Tunisian national football 0-3 in a friendly tie ahead of the World Cup finals starting next week in Japan and Korea. Full text...

  • Mauritania supports Hayatou for FIFA presidency
    23 may 2002 14:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Mauritanian Football Association would be voting for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou at the FIFA presidential elections, CAF said in a release Thursday. Full text...

  • 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...

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