Football

PNG U19 squad announced

The Championship will be held from August 5 to August 18.

Except for new inclusion in Stahl Gubag, Joseph Wawai, Laventine Munuo and Cameron Nuabi, coach Harrison Kamake has retained the bulk of his U-17 team that participated in the OFC U-17 Championship in Tahiti last year. 

The team did well by qualifying for the OFC U-17 Championship semi-final for the first time in the nation’s history and lost to New Zealand.

Iranian women sneak into football games dressed as men

Donning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.

Images of the women at the stadium have been widely shared on both Persian and English social media.

Although there's no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry.

Prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979, women were allowed to attend sporting events.

Women have been punished for attending games in the past.

Tonga introduces high performance concept

TFA Technical Director Kilifi Uele recently hosted a two-day workshop to introduce a high performance concept to coaches which began the C Licence process last year.

“Some of you might be responsible for our national men’s team or women’s U-20, and this guideline will assist you,” Uele told the group.

“The Tonga FA values, vision and mission are all in the guidelines together with the concepts of the TFA High Performance.”

Brazilian great Kaka announces retirement from football

Kaka, who played most of his career at AC Milan and Real Madrid, revealed his decision in an interview with the Brazilian O Globo channel.

The attacking midfielder won the Italian Serie A with Milan and the 2007 Champions League and collected league and cup titles with Real. He also won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, who he was capped for 92 times from 2002 to 2016, and the Ballon d'Or as best player in the world in 2007.

He was the last player to win the award before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began their decade-long duopoly at the top of the game.

Vanuatu too strong for Tonga

In the first half Vanuatu scored 2 goals by Jacky Ruben and Azariah Soromon,

The two teams got back into the field in the second half, where Vanuatu scored another 2 goals by Azariah Soromon and Tony Kaltack.

In the last three minutes of the game, Vanuatu scored the fifth goal.

Vanuatu went on to beat Tonga 5-0.

 

 

Photo source Van2017

     

Tonga suffers at hands of Solomons

The Solomon Islands team was too strong for Tonga.

The first goal came from Jerry Tonga.

Tonga’s Team Manager, Fetuu Vea says they will try their best in the next game against New Caledonia.

Vea said football is still a new discipline in Polynesian countries and that explains why there was a big score line against them today.

Head Coach for Solomon Islands, Filipe Vera Arango said he is happy with the performance of the players and their next match will be very difficult because they will play against Fiji.

Footballers to kick off Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games

Men's football is the first of 14 sports to kick off in Port Vila.

Fiji are first up against Tuvalu at midday local time followed by Tonga versus Solomon Islands and New Caledonia against the host nation.

Van2017 CEO Clint Flood said a late rejig was made to the draw following Tahiti's decision to boycott the Games.

"The tournament basically follows a format where the gold medal will be won by the total number of points by the team at the end."

Former Inter and Brazil star Adriano set for return to football

The 35-year-old has not played since his brief stint with Miami United in 2016 but the Copa America and Confederations Cup champion is eager to make a comeback in 2018.

Compared to countryman and icon Ronaldo at the peak of his career, Adriano never fully fulfilled his potential due to a number of off-field issues.

Abraham denies talk of switch to Nigeria

Abraham - on loan at Swansea City from Chelsea - has played for England at Under-18, U19 and U21 level, but he is eligible for Nigeria through his father.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick had said the governing body was "working on" securing Abraham for the national team.

But in a statement, the 19-year-old said: "I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.

"Contrary to reports in the media I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national-team allegiance.

Kane can be Tottenham's Batistuta – Pochettino

Kane scored twice to lead Tottenham to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The 24-year-old England international striker did not score in August but he was at the double on Merseyside as he celebrated his 100th goal for Tottenham.

Pochettino heaped praise on the Premier League's reigning Golden Boot winner, likening him to former Argentina team-mate Batistuta, who was the country's all-time leading scorer before Lionel Messi broke the record last year.