Sports - Football
  • Okocha wins MVP award in Nigeria/Ghana tie
    30 july 2001 11:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's star midfielder, Austin Okocha, has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Sunday's 2002 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana by a team of journalists who decided the award. Full text...

  • World Cup qualifying results
    30 july 2001 10:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- After the last World Cup qualifying games played over the weekend, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and South Africa have qualified to represent Africa at the 2002 finals co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Full text...

  • CAF confirms Mali as host of CAN 2002
    29 july 2001 12:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The president of football governing body in Africa, CAF, has confirmed that Mali would host the African Cup of Nations 2002 from 19 January to 10 February in the five cities selected in agreement with Malian authorities. Full text...

  • Ghana arrives for World Cup tie with Nigeria
    28 july 2001 15:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ghana's Black Stars have arrived in Nigeria for Sunday's crucial 2002 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • KFF suspend senior official over football transfers
    28 july 2001 13:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Football Federation (KFF) has slapped an indefinite ban on one of its senior officials over his role in the controversial transfer of three players to Egypt's Ismailia Football Club. Full text...

  • Liberia looks up to God for World Cup berth
    27 july 2001 16:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- If pleasing God were the route to the World Cup 2002 in Korea and Japan, then Liberia can be counted among the "saints" that would go marching on to glory. Full text...

  • 2002 World Cup: The big match is here
    26 july 2001 20:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The final countdown has begun to Sunday's Nigeria-Ghana epoch clash in Nigeria's south-eastern city of Port Harcourt, that will decide Africa's fifth ticket for the South Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Togolese elite league results
    26 july 2001 19:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Following are results recorded on the second day of play in Togo's elite football championship played Wednesday: [ST] ASKO-AS Douanes : 0-0 Gomido-Maranatha: 0-1 Dyto-Agaza : 2-0 [ET] The third day of play has been billed for Sunday. Full text...

  • Africa Sports fires coach for poor performance
    25 july 2001 21:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian oldest soccer club, Africa Sports, has fired its Swiss coach, Franco Cuccinotta, for poor performance, informed sources said in Abidjan Wednesday. Full text...

  • World Cup 2002: Ghanaian coach predicts trouble-free match
    25 july 2001 19:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian coach, Fred Osam Duodo says he does not envisage any problem in Sunday's crucial Ghana-Nigeria World Cup soccer qualifier in Nigeria's south-eastern city of Port Harcourt. Full text...

  • World Cup 2002: Super Eagles hit camp in droves
    25 july 2001 19:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of Sunday's crucial 2002 World Cup qualifier against Ghana, at least 18 of the 26 players invited by Nigeria have arrived at the national camp. Full text...

  • More hope for the improvement of sports in Senegal
    25 july 2001 10:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even if members of the Senegalese Football Federation do not acknowledge the qualification of the national team, the "Lions", to World Cup finals as a fresh start, they do not deny that it is a springboard for reorganisation from the bottom. Full text...

  • Wade bestows national honours on footballers
    24 july 2001 23:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has promised to help the country's football team to achieve its goal during its preparations for the 2002 World Cup competition in South Korea/Japan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe To Introduce Doping Tests In Soccer
    24 july 2001 15:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's football administrators said Tuesday they planned to introduce compulsory doping tests for all players to comply with international standards and practice. Full text...

  • Senegalese celebrate the qualification of the Lions
    23 july 2001 23:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Heavy rains which fell the whole day on Abidjan did not prevent Senegalese nationals living here to celebrate their national team's qualification for the finals of the 2002 World Cup. Full text...

  • Namibia to stop hiring foreign coaches
    23 july 2001 17:08:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Two days after Namibia suffered a crushing defeat in the World Cup qualifying match, the country's top soccer administrator Monday announced that no foreign coach would be hired to train the national team. Full text...

  • Ivorian officials refute match-fixing allegations
    22 july 2001 16:31:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) has refuted allegations that FIF officials struck a deal that compromised the country's chances at qualifying for the 2002 World Cup finals. Full text...

  • Super Eagles return to camp for Ghana tussle
    22 july 2001 14:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The final countdown to this weekend's crucial 2002 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana begins Sunday, when members of Nigeria's Super Eagles to arrive at the team's camp in the southeastern city of Port Harcourt. Full text...

  • Zambia drawn against Angola in COSAFA semi-finals
    22 july 2001 12:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian soccer team known as the Chipolopolo (Bullet) has been drawn against Angola in the semi- finals of the regional Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Cup to be played in August. Full text...

  • Senegal beats Namibia 5-0 to qualify for 2002 World Cup
    21 july 2001 19:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A rousing welcome awaits Les Lions of Senegal Sunday in Dakar after their emphatic 5-0 win over Namibia's Brave Warriors in Windhoek Saturday to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Full text...

  • Algeria to revenge past humiliation from Egypt
    20 july 2001 22:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Fans have billed the Saturday match between the national squads of Algeria and Egypt as an encounter to be filled with revenge crowned by sportsmanship. Full text...

  • Kotoko extends lead, but Olympics' troubles worsen
    19 july 2001 13:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- League leaders Kumasi Asante Kotoko beat King Faisal 1-0 to extend their lead in Ghana's Premier Soccer League to five points but the troubles of Accra Great Olympics continued as thy were humbled 2-0 at home by Goldfields. Full text...

  • Liberia spent two million dollars on soccer team
    19 july 2001 12:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- About two million US dollars was expended by Liberia to participate in the World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifying rounds, press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • FIFA to finance sports facilities in Cape Verde
    19 july 2001 09:10:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will finance the construction of a training centre in Cape Verde through the "Goal" project, an official source said in Praia. Full text...

  • Senior Challenge Cup pushed to December
    18 july 2001 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup tournament has been re-scheduled from October to December in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Ghana's Black Stars Set To Beat Nigeria's Green Eagles
    17 july 2001 19:22:00
    Accra- Ghana -- Ghana's Black Stars coach Fred Osam Doudo has cautioned Nigeria's Green Eagles to be ready for a tough battle of survival when the two national soccer teams meet later this month. ) Full text...

  • Kenyan trio's transfer to Ismailia sparks row
    17 july 2001 18:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The recent transfer of three Kenyan football players to Egypt's Ismailia has sparked off controversy pitying the players' club Mathare United against the Kenya Football Federation (KFF). Full text...

  • Opposition leader's son opts for football career
    17 july 2001 16:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The teenage son of Anderson Mazoka, leader of the opposition United Party for National Development, has won a professional contract with Chester City Football Club, an English first division team. Full text...

  • Tunisia joins Cameroon, South Africa in World Cup line-up
    16 july 2001 19:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After weekend's qualifying games, Tunisia became the third African team to book a place for the South Korea/Japan 2002 soccer World Cup. Full text...

  • Leadership changes hands in Zambian football league
    16 july 2001 16:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Leadership of the Zambian premier football league changed hands at the weekend with 11-time winners Nkana FC taking over the driving seat. Full text...

  • Namibia's Naruseb scores 100th goal in Egypt
    16 july 2001 12:18:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- Namibia's leading footballer, Mogale Naruseb, who is bound for Sundowns Football Club in South Africa, has scored his 100th goal for the national side since the country joined the FIFA family in 1991. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe beats Burkina Faso in world club qualifier
    15 july 2001 20:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe took full home ground advantage Sunday to beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, in which both teams are already out of the running for the tournament. Full text...

  • Tunisia beats DR Congo 3-0 to snatch World Cup ticket
    15 july 2001 20:10:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Tunisia national football team 'Eagles of Carthage' Sunday qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after beating the Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 in the last but one set of qualifying rounds. Full text...

  • Five ASEC players transferred to Belgium
    15 july 2001 18:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five teenage soccer players have been transferred from ASEC Mimosas' SIFCOM football academy in Abidjan to the Belgian team, KSK Beveren, under a partnership arrangement, sources close to the Ivorian team said. Full text...

  • FIFA World Cup preliminary results
    14 july 2001 20:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Here are the results of World Cup 2002 Africa zone qualification matches played Friday and Saturday: [ST] Senegal 1-0 Morocco Liberia 1-0 Sierra Leone South Africa 2-0 Malawi Cameroon 2-2 Zambia Egypt 8-2 Namibia (Friday) Other matches for the Africa zone scheduled for Sunday are: Zimbabwe vs Burkina Faso (Harare) DR Congo vs Cote d'Ivoire (Kinshasa) Ghana vs Sudan (Accra) Togo vs Libya (Lome) [ET] Full text...

  • World Cup 2002: Senegal beats Morocco 1-0
    14 july 2001 19:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal pipped Morocco 1-0 Saturday in Dakar, to keep its 2002 World Cup hope alive, but the victory leaves Group C wide open for grabs among the three top contenders. Full text...

  • Weah among Africa's frustrated soccer players
    14 july 2001 18:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After doing almost everything a player need do in football, the frustration of Liberian soccer star George Opong Weah can certainly be understood. Full text...

  • World Cup Qualifier: Egypt massacres Namibia 8-2
    13 july 2001 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Egypt hammered Namibia 8-2 in a one-sided African World Cup qualifier played Friday in Alexandria, Friday. Full text...

  • 44-man Liberian team in Freetown for World Cup tie
    13 july 2001 22:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A 44-member Liberian soccer team has arrived in Freetown for Saturday's crucial African World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Namibian squad in winning spree at under-19 tournament
    13 july 2001 21:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's national under-19 football selection Friday looked set for a place in the semi- finals of the ongoing Tivoli Cup competition in Denmark, after three straight wins. Full text...

  • Kenyan footballers join Ismailia of Egypt
    13 july 2001 19:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three Kenyan footballers players, all from Premier League club Mathare United, have joined top Egyptian side Ismailia, well-placed sources in Nairobi confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • FIFA resumes funding of Kenya's Youth Programme
    12 july 2001 20:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World soccer governing body, FIFA has resumed funding of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Youth Development Programme, a KFF official has said. Full text...

  • Namibian U-19 team in good showing at Denmark tourney
    12 july 2001 19:25:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's under-19 Football team has won its first three matches at the ongoing Tivoli Cup championship in Denmark. Full text...

  • Great Olympics sink to bottom of soccer league
    12 july 2001 16:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Top club Accra Great Olympics sank deeper into trouble on Wednesday as they lost 0-1 to Real Tamale United in the Ghana premier soccer league match. Full text...

  • NFA Seeks Funds To Pay Coaches
    12 july 2001 16:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Football Association is looking for funds to pay salary arrears for its consortium of coaches ahead of the national team's crucial 2002 World Cup qualifier against Ghana on 29 July. Full text...

  • Brave Warriors off to fight the Pharaohs in Alexandria
    11 july 2001 20:15:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's national football side, Brave Warriors, Wednesday left for Cairo for a Friday clash with the Pharaohs, Egypt's national team, in a World Cup qualifying match to be played in Alexandria. Full text...

  • Leading bank drops football sponsorship
    11 july 2001 14:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The announcement on Wednesday by First National Bank not to renew sponsorship of the BOBSave Super Bowl - the Premier Soccer League's biggest and richest knockout tournament - ends thirteen years of sponsorship. Full text...

  • Ghana's show a lesson for Kenya and East Africa
    10 july 2001 15:22:00
    -goals to nothing in the just concluded final of th-e youth soccer World Cup by a more skilful and experienced, better drilled and highly tactful side, but the Ghanaian national side has done Africa proud. ) Full text...

  • Africans excel at Argentina 2001
    09 july 2001 20:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Despite losing the coveted trophy to South America, African teams fared better than their counterparts from other continents by winning two medals - a silver and a bronze - in the just-ended FIFA World Youth Soccer Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Full text...

  • SONACOS lift Senegalese Challenge Cup
    09 july 2001 20:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- SONACOS football club of Diourbel beat Union Sportive Goree (USG) 1-0 at the weekend in Dakar, to win this year's Challenge Cup in Senegal. Full text...

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