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  • 2014 FIFA WC: Group A enters day 2
    17 june 2014 09:29:48
    Fortaleza, Brazil (PANA) - Matches in Group A enter Match Day 2 Tuesday as Brazil takes on Mexico at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Africa's top-ranked team, Algeria, tastes action
    17 june 2014 09:22:38
    Bello Horizonte, Brazil (PANA) - The Algerians have a heavy burden on their neck Tuesday night as they face Belgium in a Group H match of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: President Mahama rallies Black Stars after loss to US
    17 june 2014 08:59:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama is lifting up the spirit of Ghanaians as they rue the missed opportunity to get off to a good start at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Ghana coach Appiah blames 'loss of concentration' for US loss
    17 june 2014 05:58:52
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - The coach of Ghana's senior national football team, Kwesi Appiah, says loss of concentration was to partly blame for Ghana's 2-1 opening 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G loss to the United States on Monday and concedes that it will not be easy to qualify from the group which also includes Germany and Portugal. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: US 2, Ghana 1 (Match Report)
    17 june 2014 01:26:53
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - The Black Stars of Ghana succumbed to the United States of America 2-1 in their Group G opener at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Estadio Dus Natal, Brazil, Monday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: US beats Ghana 2-1
    17 june 2014 00:07:05
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - The US on Monday beat Ghana 2-1 in their Group G 2014 FIFA World Cup match played in Natal. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Keshi blames anxiety for Eagles' flop
    16 june 2014 23:29:59
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - With his team playing a disappointing goalless draw against Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Curitiba on Monday, Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has said anxiety was responsible for the result. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: My strategy was to frustrate Nigeria - Iran coach
    16 june 2014 22:56:45
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Iran's head coach Carlos Queiroz, whose team held Nigeria to a goalless draw in their opening group F match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition on Monday, said his players succeeded in their strategy of frustrating the Nigerian team.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Wingless Eagles fail to fly
    16 june 2014 22:53:07
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria's Super Eagles, against all expectations, on Monday failed to fly as they were battled to a barren draw by Iran in their opening 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Iran 0, Nigeria 0
    16 june 2014 21:13:25
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Iran on Monday drew 0-0 with African champions Nigeria in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F match played at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Only 2 African coaches on parade in Brazil
    16 june 2014 17:49:45
    Curitba, Brazil (PANA) – Of the five African teams featuring in 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, only two national coaches -- Nigeria's Stephen Keshi and Ghanaian Appiah Akwesi -- are there with their countries’ national teams, PANA reported.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Drogba disappointed at not starting match with Japan
    16 june 2014 14:24:12
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - The skipper of the Ivorian national football team, Didier Drogba, has expressed disappointment at not being in the starting line up for the match against Japan, but commended his side’s performance. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Coach Appiah 'not under pressure' over Ghana-US match
    16 june 2014 12:55:20
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - Ghana's head coach James Kwesi Appiah has said he is not under any additional pressure ahead of his team's 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against the US here Monday, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Brazil: Africa can win the World Cup - Keshi
    16 june 2014 12:18:19
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has said Africa has what it takes to win the FIFA World Cup.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Monday's fixtures, updated results
    16 june 2014 09:18:57
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Following are Monday's fixtures and updated results of matches played so far at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: 'American fans will not determine outcome of Ghana-USA match'
    16 june 2014 00:44:57
    Natal, US (PANA) - The high number of American fans who will be at the Estado Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, during the Ghana-USA match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil Monday will have no impact on the game, according to Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany hits 100th World Cup match
    16 june 2014 00:29:52
    Salvador, Brazil (PANA) - When Germany files out against Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nove in Salvador, Brazil, venue of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G match Monday, it will be the 100th World Cup match to be played by three-time World Cup champion. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Nigeria guns for first win in 16 years
    16 june 2014 00:24:15
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria enters the 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign Monday night against Iran with a first objective of ending a winless streak, PANA reported.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Injury-free Black Stars ready for US
    15 june 2014 17:19:52
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - The Black Stars of Ghana seem set to battle the United States of America on Monday in their Group G match at the Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, after the medical team declared all players fit for the game. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: France eyes 100 goals
    15 june 2014 09:11:32
    Porto Alegre, Brazil (PANA) - The French side which has been struggling to regain esteem since winning the World Cup on home soil 16 years ago begins its renaissance with a clash against mysterious entity Honduras here on Sunday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Côte d'Ivoire silence Japan 2-1
    15 june 2014 06:03:03
    Recife, Brazil (PANA) - The Elephants of Côte d'Ivoire began their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over their Japanese counterparts in their Group C match on Saturday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Nigeria's Super Eagles in high spirit ahead of Iran clash
    14 june 2014 23:07:31
    Curitiba, Brazil (PANA) - Optimism has been brimming at the Vitoria Hotel Concept, Campinas, the abode of Nigeria's Super Eagles at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Action begins in Nigeria's group
    14 june 2014 22:50:41
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - The magnificent Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, popularly called the Maracana Stadium, will again come alive as it hosts its first World Cup match in 64 years on Sunday at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Mexico beats Cameroon 1-0
    13 june 2014 22:29:18
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - Mexico on Friday beat Cameroon 1-0 in their Group A 2014 FIFA World Cup match played at the Estádio das Dunas, Natal.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Eto'o writes to Cameroonians
    13 june 2014 21:06:26
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The captain of the Cameroonian national football team, Samuel Eto’o Fils, has pledged to take up the challenge to honour Cameroon and Africa at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: African challenge begins with Cameroon
    13 june 2014 09:51:12
    Natal, Brazil (PANA) - As it was 24 years ago at Italia ’90, Cameroon will again be the first African side to kick the ball at the World Cup, when it takes on Mexico Friday in their opening group A match at the Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Teams ECOWAS urged to do region proud in Brazil
    12 june 2014 23:39:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has urged the region’s three representatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria - to do the Community proud by surpassing Africa’s previous quarter-final record at the Mundial.Full text...

  • Brazil: Hosts off to flying start, beat Croatia 3-1 (Adds match report)
    12 june 2014 23:26:50
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - Brazil on Thursday upheld a tradition of host countries not losing World Cup opening matches, pummeling Croatia 3-1 in their opening 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo. Full text...

  • Burundi: Authorities tighten security as 2014 World Cup gets underway
    12 june 2014 15:29:26
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian national police Thursday announced that they would tighten security across the country as fans would want to stay up late to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches because of the time difference between Brazil and Burundi, Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup begins
    12 june 2014 10:46:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After seven years of preparation and a massive global campaign to hype the event, the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday (12 June) in Brazil, with 32 teams participating. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Will Africa break the quarter-final jinx? (Sports Feature by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    12 june 2014 01:22:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa has been featuring in the four-yearly FIFA World Cup since 1934, when Egypt played in the second edition of the tournament in Italy, but the continent's record is not commensurate with that early break into the ranks of the elite teams that played in the finals of the world's single biggest sporting event. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Former Cameroonian star Roger Milla will not be in Brazil
    11 june 2014 22:18:28
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Goodwill Ambassador and former player of the Cameroon national football team, Roger Milla, has declined an invitation of the government to support the national team in Brazil, the local media reported on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM wants African team to win 2014 FIFA World Cup
    11 june 2014 18:11:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, Wednesday expressed the hope that an African country will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup which begins Thursday in Brazil.Full text...

  • Mauritius: 2014 FIFA World Cup live on television in Mauritius
    11 june 2014 15:56:59
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – All the 64 matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scheduled for 12 June to 13 July in Brazil, will be shown live on the two channels of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), PANA learnt Wednesday from the management of the Mauritian radio-television station. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Ghana beats Korea 4-0 in warm-up match
    10 june 2014 08:07:47
    Miami, US (PANA) - Ghana on Monday beat South Korea 4-0 in their final World Cup warm-up match played at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, US, with striker Jordan Ayew scoring a hat-trick.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup: US 2, Nigeria 1 in warm-up match
    08 june 2014 11:22:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The US heads to the 2014 World Cup, due to start in Brazil in four days time, on a bounce after defeating Nigeria 2-1 in their football friendly in Jacksonville, US, on Saturday. Full text...

  • FIFA ranking for June: Algeria dethrones Cote d'Ivoire as Africa's number 1
    06 june 2014 08:27:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Algeria has ended Ivorian domination of the FIFA ranking for Africa's senior male national teams, vaulting from the third place in May to the first spot in June. Full text...

  • FIFA 2022 WC: Qatar dismisses corruption charges by UK newspaper
    03 june 2014 22:48:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Qatar has formally rejected allegations of corruption by the UK newspaper, Sunday Times, for the award of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Final team list for 2014 FIFA WC
    03 june 2014 08:58:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has released his final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, due to kick off 12 June in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Cameroon names final squad
    02 june 2014 12:01:02
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Coach of Cameroon's national football team Volker Finke Monday named his final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, due to kick off in Brazil 12 June. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Cote d'Ivoire names final squad
    02 june 2014 09:52:10
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Coach of Cote d'Ivoire's national football team Sabri Lamouchi Sunday released his final, 23-member squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to kick off in Brazil 12 June. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria draws 2-2 with Scotland in World Cup tune-up match
    28 may 2014 22:47:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria on Wednesday came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Scotland in an international friendly in London that formed part of the African nation's preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to start 12 June. Full text...

  • FIFA rankings: Cote d'Ivoire maintains the lead in Africa
    08 may 2014 10:55:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - There were no displacements or surprises in the first 10 places in the latest FIFA rankings for African men's senior teams, released Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland, the headquarters of the world soccer governing body. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria names provisional squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup
    07 may 2014 14:37:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has released a provisional list of 30 players for the Super Eagles team heading to the 12 June to 13 July FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • Cameroon: FIFA president made honorary citizen of Mbankomo
    05 may 2014 19:10:57
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The President of the world football governing body (FIFA), Joseph Blatter, was on Monday made an honorary citizen of the town of Mbankomo in Cameroon, during the official commissioning of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Football Centre of Excellence.Full text...

  • Zambia: Brazil unveils plans to offset emissions ahead of FIFA World Cup
    16 april 2014 16:20:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The globe's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup – is aiming to offset its greenhouse gas emissions this summer in a move that should inspire more event organizers to undertake high-profile climate action. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Super Eagles' US friendly will hold - NFF
    15 april 2014 08:32:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The much-trumpeted friendly between Nigeria and the US, as part of the African nation's preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, will still hold as scheduled, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA U-17 WWC: Japan is champion
    05 april 2014 12:37:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Goals on either side of the final match on Friday gave Japan a well deserved 2-0 win over Spain for its maiden FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Umbrella broadcasters' association signs World Cup broadcast rights
    05 april 2014 10:09:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has signed an agreement with a private sports marketing company, Optimal Sports Management International (OSMI), that will allow its members to transmit the 2014 World Cup live from Brazil to Nigerian viewers. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA U-17 WWC: Japan, Spain reach Friday's final
    02 april 2014 07:42:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan and Spain have booked their places in the final of the 2014 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica, setting up an Asian-European showdown in the championship match for a second successive tournament. Full text...

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