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  • 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...

  • 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...

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