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  • Kenya: CAF mourns departed Somali football legend
    16 july 2014 09:52:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body CAF has expressed his condolences to the people of Somalia and the East African football community, following the death of Somalia's first national team captain Mohamed Qalaf Aden Shangole. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs urge executive to help avert FIFA hammer over sack of football executive
    15 july 2014 16:19:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Tuesday urged the nation’s Minister of Sports, Dr. Tamuno Wenike Danagogo, to, as a matter of urgency, ensure that FIFA's sledgehammer does not fall on Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CAF drops Nigerian referee after FIFA suspension
    15 july 2014 10:11:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African soccer's governing body, CAF, has dropped the Nigeria Football Federation’s FIFA Adviser and Consultant on refereeing Linus Mba following last week's suspension of Nigeria by the global football body over government interference in the affairs of the Nigeria federation. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: AUC Chairperson congratulates Germany on World Cup victory
    14 july 2014 17:45:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the German Team and its people for their brilliant victory in the 2014 edition of FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • Mali: Stade Malien strengthens lead in football league
    14 july 2014 16:01:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Stade Malien of Bamako has strengthened its lead in Mali's top division football league, thanks to its 3-0 victory over ASOM at the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya: Africa shifts focus to 2015 AFCON qualifiers
    14 july 2014 11:09:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on Sunday, African nations are now gearing up for the qualifying series of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Morocco, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: It's Germany for fourth time!
    13 july 2014 23:02:50
    Rio de Janerio, Brazil (PANA) - For the third time in a row and for the fifth time overall, the World Cup final was Sunday decided after extra time, as hard fighting Germany emerged winner over Argentina through the lone goal by substitute Mario Goetze. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Award winners
    13 july 2014 22:13:31
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - The following are the winners of awards at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Brazil hands over to Russia as date for next World is fixed
    13 july 2014 21:53:31
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - The draw for the preliminary competition for the next World Cup, Russia 2018, will be held in Saint Petersburg next July to chart the road FIFA member countries will pass through to get to the 21st edition of the global showpiece. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany win 2014 World Cup
    13 july 2014 21:43:52
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) – Germany are the new football World Cup champions. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON qualifier: Squad of Benin players for Malawi match
    13 july 2014 15:29:49
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The coach of Benin’s national football team, The Squirrels, has released the names of 23 players to play Malawi next Sunday in the qualifiers for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be hosted by Morocco. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA U-20 WWC: Ghana team flies to Canada
    13 july 2014 07:14:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's U-20 women's team has left for Canada ahead of the start of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup which starts next month. Full text...

  • Ghana: Group proposes limited term for Ghana Football Association president
    13 july 2014 07:07:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A group of people involved in football in Ghana is calling for a change in the constitution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) that would limit the term of its president to only two terms. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Netherlands humbles Brazil 3-0 to win third place spot
    12 july 2014 22:02:01
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - The Netherlands on Saturday humbled Brazil 3-0 at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia to win the third place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt denies interference in football
    11 july 2014 13:34:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After a FIFA axe landed on their head with an indefinite suspension of their football federation due to government interference, Nigerian authorities have denied they ever interfered in the running of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Full text...

  • Ghana: Gov't denies religious conflict claims of asylum seekers in Brazil
    11 july 2014 13:12:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana government on Friday strongly denied claims by some supporters of the Black Stars who are allegedly seeking asylum in Brazil on the basis of "religious conflict" in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Football authorities unveil national challenge cup 1st-round fixtures
    10 july 2014 16:43:43
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian football federation has unveiled the fixtures for the first-round of the country's national challenge cup competition, saying that matches will be played 18, 19 and 20 July. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Dutch pay the penalty, Argentina sails into final
    10 july 2014 00:06:57
    São Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - In a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 final, Germany and Argentina will clash at the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil, as the Dutch on Wednesday night lost a tension-soaked semi finals to Argentina through penalty shootout. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Argentina beat The Netherlands to reach finals
    09 july 2014 22:51:34
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) – Argentina reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday after beating The Netherlands 4-2 on penalties. Full text...

  • Brazil: FIFA suspends Nigeria
    09 july 2014 20:50:35
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - World soccer's governing body, FIFA, has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect due to government's interference, the global federation said in a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: CAF bans Kenya coach
    09 july 2014 14:00:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slapped a two-match ban on Kenya head coach, Kenya Adel Amrouche, following a confrontation with match officials in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Netherlands, Argentina in crunch duel (Preview)
    09 july 2014 09:37:18
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - If past results and the current scoring form are anything to go by, World Cup underachiever The Netherlands may prevail Wednesday night against Argentina in the semi final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that looks like a duplicate of the 1978 World Cup final. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Amazing disgrace - Germany puts in extra in spelling Brazil with goals
    08 july 2014 23:41:36
    São Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - Amazing disgrace. Germany 7, Brazil 1, semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany humiliate Brazil 7-1 to reach finals
    08 july 2014 22:15:46
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil (PANA) – Germany reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals after mauling Brazil 7-1 in their semi-final match Belo Horizonte. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: African referees among last set of officials at 2014 World Cup
    08 july 2014 12:01:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two groups of African referees are among the officials selected by world soccer's governing body, FIFA, to officiate the remaining matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to African soccer's governing body, CAF. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian football federation seeks new coach
    08 july 2014 11:53:28
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian football federation (FIF) is seeking a new coach after the resignation of Sabri lamouchi, following the Ivorian team's elimination in the first round of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Tit-bits, facts ahead of semi-final matches
    07 july 2014 15:11:43
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (PANA) - The following are facts and tit-bits ahead of the semi-final matches at the current 2014 FIFA World Cup featuring Brazil vs Germany and Argentina vs Netherlands. Full text...

  • Mali: Stade Malien strengthens lead in football league
    07 july 2014 12:40:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Stade Malien has strengthened its lead in Mali's first division football league, thanks to its 1-0 victory over Nianan during day 22 matches played this weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya: Two die in World Cup altercation
    07 july 2014 12:03:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As the world anxiously awaits the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, which kick off Tuesday, Kenyans are counting their losses from the global football extravaganza, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FIFA may sanction Nigeria
    06 july 2014 15:19:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The axe of world soccer's governing body, FIFA, is dangling over Nigeria's head, following the dissolution of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in shady circumstances, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Why we changed goalkeeper before penalties - Dutch coach
    06 july 2014 09:51:41
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has said he replaced first choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul towards the end of extra time of his team's goalless encounter with Costa Rica Saturday because Krul is bigger and can stop penalties. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Stage set for epic semi-finals
    06 july 2014 09:29:51
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - With the last two semi-finalists emerging Saturday at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the stage is set for epic clashes that will involving teams that have won the tournament 10 times among them, PANA reported. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 to reach semi-finals
    05 july 2014 18:01:22
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Argentina on Saturday beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • Libya: Germany backs Libya to host AFCON 2017
    05 july 2014 11:17:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Germany will back Libya to organise the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the German ambassador in Tripoli, Christian Mokh, has said. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany, Brazil sail into semi-finals
    04 july 2014 22:34:55
    Fortaleza, Brazil (PANA) - Germany and Brazil sailed into the semi-finals on Friday after victories over France and Colombia respectively. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany dispatches France 1-0 to reach last 4
    04 july 2014 21:58:04
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - The French dream at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ended Friday when it fell 1-0 to the ruthless German machine. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Action resumes after two-day rest
    04 july 2014 13:28:19
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - Action was due to resume Friday after two rest days at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Court sacks NFF leadership, govt. appoints interim administrator
    03 july 2014 18:02:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian high court, sitting in the North Central city of Jos, Thursday sacked the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) when it granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the President of the NFF, Mr. Aminu Maigari, members of his executive committee and the NFF Congress from running Nigerian football pending the determination of the motion on notice before the court. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Ghana coach Appiah says he will not quit
    02 july 2014 18:00:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The coach of Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, has stated categorically that he will not resign despite calls on him to quit after the dismal performance of the players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Line-up quarter-final matches
    01 july 2014 22:42:32
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) – The following is the line-up of the quarter-final matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Madjib Bougherra - Algerian team deserves respect after Germany match
    01 july 2014 19:26:15
    Porto Alegre, Brazil (PANA) – Algerian defender, Madjib Bougherra, says his country's football team deserves respect despite losing to Germany on Monday in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Africa's World Cup dreams end early again (Sports Feature By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    01 july 2014 15:27:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Monday's elimination of Africa's two remaining teams at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil marked the end of another dream by the continent's five participants of achieving honours at the four-yearly tournament. Full text...

  • Morocco: Libya to play Morocco in friendly
    01 july 2014 10:29:31
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco will play against Libya in a friendly football match on 7 Sept. 2014 in Marrakech, the Moroccan Football Federation has announced. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Algeria's elimination marks total ouster of African teams
    30 june 2014 23:41:56
    Porto Alegre, Brazil (PANA) - With the elimination of Algeria from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on Monday night, all five African teams at the tournament have now been swept out. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Germany beat Algeria 2-1 to end Africa's participation in tournament
    30 june 2014 22:59:57
    Porto Alegre, Brazil (PANA) – Africa’s last hope of reaching the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ended in tears at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Monday as Algeria were defeated by Germany 2-1. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Nigeria captain retires after 100 international matches
    30 june 2014 22:18:42
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria's captain Joseph Yobo has announced his retirement from the Super Eagles after Monday's 2-0 loss to France at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: We lost to poor officiating - Keshi
    30 june 2014 21:14:20
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has attributed the Super Eagles' elimination from the 2014 FIFA World Cup to bias officiating by referee Mark Geiger of the United States. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Eagles miss quarter finals again
    30 june 2014 20:14:02
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - A second half full of errors cost Nigeria's Super Eagles a quarter-final ticket at the magnificent Maracana Stadium here Monday at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Nigeria captain, Yobo, joins FIFA Century Club Monday
    30 june 2014 09:17:52
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Super Eagles of Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo will join the FIFA Century Club Monday when he makes his 100th international appearance in the team's second round match against France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, PANA reported. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Mikel Obi hails Yobo on his 100th cap
    30 june 2014 09:10:46
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Super Eagles' midfielder John Mikel Obi has congratulated team captain Joseph Yobo who will attain 100 caps in Monday's second round match against France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Full text...

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