First OFC Mascot unveiled in Brazil

After 48 years of existence, Oceania Football Confederation now have their first ever mascot, Pasifi-ika, which made its debut at the FIFA World Cup™ in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week. OFC’s new mascot was the creation of Year 8 students from DAV Primary School in Ba, Fiji Islands. The classmates participated in the recent OFC…

FIFA’s Blatter urged to step down

Top European football officials have publicly called on Sepp Blatter to end his reign as FIFA president amid accusations of corruption against Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid. Michael van Praag, head of the Dutch football association, said Blatter should quit when his term ends next year. A similar call was made by David Gill, vice-chairman…

Pele’s son sentenced for money laundering

A Brazilian court has sentenced football legend Pele’s son Edinho to 33 years in prison for laundering money for drug traffickers, media reports said Saturday. Edson Cholbi Nascimento, nicknamed Edinho, denies the charges in the case, which dates from 2005, and will be allowed to remain free pending appeal, said CBN radio and news site…

Gulf gets K20,000 for junior development

AFLPNG’s junior development program started in Kerema in 2013. Like other provinces where junior footy is being played, there is a growing interest from school-aged children to participate in AFLPNG’s junior development program in the sleepy town of Kerema. Resource, equipment and funding to enhance this program has been a major hindrance in reaching out…

Fiji create football history

Fiji bagged themselves Oceania’s qualifying berth at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 after they defeated Solomon Islands 2-1 in Suva Saturday night. Victory handed Fiji its first ever appearance at a FIFA world event and ended a 40 year wait to claim the OFC U-20 Championship title. Fiji coach Ravinesh Kumar says…

Darts federation prepares to stage championship

THE PNG Darts Federation is now preparing to host its inaugural National Club championships to be staged from June 6-9 in Lae, Morobe province. President of PNGDF Nigel Kiaka said every association must submit their expression of interest to the national darts federation. Kiaka said each club or team wishing to take part must come…

Bainimarama elected FRU president

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama is the new president of the Fiji Rugby Union. He was elected unopposed at the Fiji Rugby Union annual general meeting in Nadi on Saturday. The media was not allowed during the meeting. FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca said the meeting was exclusive to the council. “Some sensitive issues…

New sponsorship helps FRU coffers

THE Fiji Rugby Union recorded a profit of $63,716 for its financial period which ended 31 December 2013. This is a major turnaround after posting a huge deficit of $606, 647 for the same period in 2012. The income totalled $6,633,301 while the expenses were $6,569,585. The major revenue was through sponsorships and International Rugby…