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  • 2014 FIFA U-17 WWC: Opening day fixtures
    15 march 2014 11:04:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Here are the opening fixtures for the 15 March to 4 April FIFA Women's Under-17 world cup starting Saturday in Costa Rica. Full text...

  • Nigeria/FIFA: Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria are 1, 2 in FIFA rankings for Africa
    14 march 2014 14:33:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire and Algeria are still first and second in Africa, according to the latest FIFA Rankings for African teams, published Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland, and received here by PANA. Full text...

  • FIFA U-17 WWC: Ghana, Zambia on parade Saturday
    14 march 2014 13:55:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ghana and Zambia will see action this weekend when the 15 March to 4 April FIFA Women's Under-17 world cup gets underway in Costa Rica. Full text...

  • Cameroon: FIFA delegation expected in Cameroon this weekend
    13 march 2014 15:45:03
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - A delegation of world soccer's governing body, FIFA, is expected in Cameroon at the weekend to examine the draft constitution made by the Caretaker Committee that has been managing Cameroonian football since July 2013, PANA learnt from a sports communique Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt: Hayatou sets World Cup target for Africa's 'big five'
    11 march 2014 12:44:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federation faces 830m Naira deficit in World Cup budget
    11 march 2014 12:22:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With 93 days to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said it faces a deficit of 829.9 million Naira (US$4.99 million) in its budget for the participation of the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the month-long tournament. Full text...

  • 2014 World Cup: Belgium hosts Cote d’Ivoire in Wednesday's friendly
    04 march 2014 19:17:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian national football team will play against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in a friendly match Wednesday at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels as part of preparations for World Cup 2014 to be hosted by Brazil in from June.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ghana, Nigeria know opponents at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
    02 march 2014 11:27:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The opponents for Ghana and Nigeria, Africa's two representatives in this year's FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, have emerged after Saturday's draw for the 5-24 Aug. tournament in Canada Full text...

  • Mali: FIFA to provide Mali with 3 artificial turf soccer pitches
    24 february 2014 14:56:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The world soccer governing body, FIFA, will soon provide Mali with three artificial turf soccer pitches, PANA learnt Monday from a FIFA delegation visiting Bamako.Full text...

  • Nigeria/CAF: Hayatou hosts federation presidents of 5 World Cup-bound African teams
    19 february 2014 18:25:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Issa Hayatou, has summoned the presidents of the five African representatives at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil to discuss how the continental body can assist their preparations for the Mundial, which will take place from 12 June to 13 July, 2014.Full text...

  • Kenya: FIFA mulls Women's Club World Cup
    17 january 2014 08:28:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Football’s world governing body FIFA is examining the possibility of introducing a Women’s Club World Cup. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup: Trophy continues global journey
    29 december 2013 12:08:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With 165 days to the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (as at Sunday 29 Dec). the FIFA World Cup Trophy has continued on its tour across the world. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC: Bayern Munich wins Morocco 2013, beats Raja 2-0
    22 december 2013 10:41:42
    Marrakesh, Morocco (PANA) - Raja Casablanca of Morocco ended their fairy tale at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Saturday, losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the final match here. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC finale: Will local Raja continue giant-killing tradition? (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    21 december 2013 08:10:47
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - With victories over Auckland City FC in the play-off for quarter-finals, Club de Futbol Monterrey in the quarter-finals and Atletico Mineiro in the semis, Raja Casablanca now looks unstoppable as it meet favourite FC Bayern Munich of Germany on Saturday in the final of the 2013 FIFA Club World Club, tagged Morocco 2013. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC: Raja reaches final, beats Ronaldinho-led Atletico Mineiro 3-1
    19 december 2013 13:59:07
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Local favourites Raja Casablanca Wednesday stopped the "Brazilian dream", hitting Clube Atletico Mineiro 3-1 at the Marrakech Stadium to book a seat in the finals of this year's FIFA Club World Cup, tagged Morocco 2013. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC: African giants, Al-Ahly, humiliated 5-1 in 5th-place match
    18 december 2013 19:10:28
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Eight-time CAF Champions League champions, Al-Ahly of Egypt, were a shadow of themselves Wednesday here, losing 5-1 to CF Monterrey of Mexico in the match for the fifth place at the ongoing FIFA Club World Cup, tagged Morocco 2013. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC semi: Will local favourite Raja stop the Brazilian dream? (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    18 december 2013 10:41:38
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco is guaranteed to come to a standstill Wednesday to watch Raja Casablanca take on Atletico Mineiro in the second semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, tagged Morocco 2013. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA Club WC semi-finals: Will Guangzhou upset favourite Bayern Munich? (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    17 december 2013 07:46:23
    Agadir, Morocco (PANA) - Favourite Bayern Munich of Germany play its first match here Tuesday at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, tagged Morocco 2013, against the silent but giant-killing minnow Guangzhou Evergrande FC of China. Full text...

  • 2013 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP: One of CAF representatives eliminated
    15 december 2013 19:28:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - One of the two African representatives at this year's FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco has been eliminated. Full text...

  • Swaziland jumps 17 places in FIFA rankings for African women teams
    15 december 2013 04:30:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Soccer Minnows Swaziland vaulted 17 places, from 33rd in August to 16th in December, in the latest FIFA rankings for African female national teams released in Zurich, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Roger Milla opposes German coach for Cameroon
    12 december 2013 10:02:25
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Ex-Cameroon international Roger Milla has said he does not want German coach Volker Finke to lead the country's senior national team, the Indomitable Lions, to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Group draws unveiled
    06 december 2013 17:55:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Following are the draws for the 2014 World Cup, to be hosted by Brazil, made Friday in Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia State, in Brazil. Full text...

  • FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, hails 'extraordinary' Mandela
    06 december 2013 10:50:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has expressed his deepest sympathy following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela whom he hailed as an iconic figure. Full text...

  • FIFA confirm SA’s historic win over Spain as 'A' international
    28 november 2013 14:11:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World football governing body, FIFA, on Thursday said that South Africa’s historic 1-0 win over Spain last week will be considered a full international despite the world and European champions fielding more than the permitted number of substitutes. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: World Cup trophy arrives in Accra
    26 november 2013 07:58:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in Accra Monday from Morocco as part of a tour of 88 countries sponsored by Coca-Cola, to the excitement of Ghanaian President John Mahama, sports officials and fans. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA U-17 WWC: Ghana beats Equatorial Guinea to reach finals
    24 november 2013 07:54:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's U-17 women's football team on Saturday reached its fourth straight FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals after beating Equatorial Guinea 3-2 in Malabo. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Africa sends 2010 World Cup teams to Brazil
    21 november 2013 10:31:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With the conclusion of the African qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it is now obvious that the continent will be sending the same teams that qualified to represent it at the last edition of the tournament in South Africa. Full text...

  • 'Teams ECOWAS' hailed for picking 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets
    21 november 2013 09:31:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With three of the five teams that will fly the African flag at the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming from West Africa, the regional bloc ECOWAS has congratulated the teams for their feat. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: CAF's Hayatou congratulates Africa's qualifiers
    20 november 2013 20:15:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The President of Africa's football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, has congratulated Africa's five teams that will fly the continent flag at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Appiah: We achieved our target
    20 november 2013 19:55:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's football coach Kwesi Appiah says his team achieved its target in Tuesday's second leg 2014 World Cup playoff match against Egypt in Cairo that saw the Ghanaians book their place in the Brazil finals.Full text...

  • Club World Cup to go ahead despite FIFA dispute
    20 november 2013 11:21:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - World soccer's governing body FIFA has insisted that the 2013 Club World Cup will go ahead as planned in Morocco next month, even though the football body has refused to recognise the new president of the country’s football association. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: President Mahama congratulates Black Stars for Brazil qualification
    19 november 2013 22:33:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Tuesday congratulated the country's football team, the Black Stars, for securing a third consecutive qualification to the World Cup finals. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Ghana sails to Brazil finals, eliminates Egypt 7-3 on aggregate
    19 november 2013 18:19:02
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Ghana on Tuesday booked its place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, to be hosted by Brazil, despite losing the second leg, playoff match 2-1 to Egypt in Cairo. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC final qualifier: Egypt leads Ghana 1-0 at half time
    19 november 2013 17:09:25
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - It's Egypt 1, Ghana 0 in Cairo at half time in their second-leg, final qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup match, to be hosted by Brazil. Full text...

  • SA Sports Minister blasts 'arrogant, petty' FIFA
    19 november 2013 12:55:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has hit out at FIFA’s “arrogance and pettiness” after the world football’s governing body said it would establish its own investigation into alleged match-fixing in exhibition games involving host South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • FIFA World Cup facts, figures and statistics
    18 november 2013 15:55:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Following are the facts, figures and statistics about the FIFA World Cup since the inaugural event in 1930, PANA reported here, quoting the FIFA Media outlet.Full text...

  • Ghana is desperate to return to the World Cup - Gyan
    18 november 2013 14:58:09
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Ghana, which narrowly missed reaching the semi-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa, is desperate to return to the global football extravaganza when Brazil hosts it next year, according to team captain Asamoah Gyan. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC Playoff: Ghana arrives in Cairo for Egypt clash
    18 november 2013 13:21:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's national football team, the Black Stars, arrived in Cairo on Monday ahead of its return leg, playoff match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Egypt on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: 24 teams have qualified for Brazil World Cup
    18 november 2013 09:02:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As of 18 Nov. 2013, 24 teams have secured qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Appiah congratulates Keshi on Super Eagles World Cup berth
    17 november 2013 18:44:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has congratulated his Nigerian counterpart Stephen Keshi on the qualification of the Super Eagles for the finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC Playoff: Cameroon thrashes Tunisia 4-1 to qualify for Brazil
    17 november 2013 16:01:38
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon on Sunday became the third African country to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil when it thrashed Tunisia 4-1 in their second leg playoff match at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC Playoff: Cameroon leads Tunisia 3-1
    17 november 2013 15:40:57
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon is leading Tunisia 3-1 (aggregate 3-1) in their second-leg 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff match at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Cote d'Ivoire holds Senegal 1-1, qualifies on 4-2 aggregate
    16 november 2013 21:13:42
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire booked their third straight FIFA World Cup place after drawing 1-1 with Senegal but went through on 4-2 aggregate from the first-leg 3-1 win.Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Senegal 0, Cote d'Ivoire 0 at half time
    16 november 2013 20:05:18
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - It's Senegal 0, Cote d'Ivoire 0 at half time here Saturday in their second-leg, final qualifier for the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: President Jonathan congratulates Super Eagles for picking ticket
    16 november 2013 19:47:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday hailed the country's senior national team, the Super Eagles, for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Nigeria, 1st African country to qualify, beats Ethiopia 2-0, 4-1 aggregate
    16 november 2013 17:12:27
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria Saturday became the first African country to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Brazil, after beating Ethiopia 2-0 here in the second leg of their final qualifier. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC playoff: Nigeria 1, Ethiopia 0 at half time
    16 november 2013 15:51:59
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot in the 20th minute here Saturday to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead over Ethiopia at half time in the second leg of their final qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Brazil.Full text...

  • FIFA Presidents' roll call since inauguration in 1904
    16 november 2013 15:35:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Following is the roll call of all presidents of the world football governing body, FIFA, from the first one, Robert Guerin, in 1904 to the incumbent, Joseph Sepp Blatter, PANA reported quoting the FIFA media outlet. Full text...

  • FIFA refuses to recognise Moroccan Football Association elections
    16 november 2013 14:54:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The FIFA Emergency Committee on Friday said it will not recognise elections held by the Moroccan Football Association (FRMF) on 10 November, 2013, according to the press statement by the FIFA media outlet, obtained here Saturday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC playoff: Scheduled 2nd-leg matches
    16 november 2013 08:54:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Below are the fixtures 16-19 November in the return leg, playoff qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by Brazil. Full text...

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