Football Ferns pipped in 2014 opener

Despite a strong showing in their first game of 2014, the Football Ferns were beaten 1-0 by hosts China in the opening match of the Yongchuan International Women’s Invitational Tournament on Tuesday. After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, China struck the decisive goal mid-way through the second half with Tony Readings’ Football Ferns unable to…

Hekari’s Kini opts out of NSL

PAPUA New Guinea champions Hekari United could be missing the services of attacking midfielder Samuel Kini who left on Sunday. The only Southern Highlander (by way of Erave) playing for the champions, Kini has been one of the players instrumental in the side’s success in their O-League campaign for several years. After turning 27 in…

OFC encourages overseas exposure

Exposure to soccer competitions around the region will boost the development of local players. Oceania Football Confederation Head of Television, Tukaha Mua says that players can learn a great deal from playing in competitions in foreign countries.   “What we would like to encourage is to have more of our players move and play in…

Ryan boosts Ratu Meli 7s

Vodafone Fiji 7s team coach, Ben Ryan, will be present at the 2014 Vodafone Ratu Meli 7s on February 21-22 at Ratu Meli Memorial School in Nacula, Yasawa. The chairman of the organising committee, Manasa Takala, says Ryan’s presence would boost the performance of players in the island. “This is a big boost for us…

Suva unbeaten, top league

It was joy for the Samuela Drudru-captained Suva side and a heartbreak for Alvin Avinesh-led Lautoka in the battle of the cities at Churchill Park yesterday. Lautoka started with a bang with a lot of constructive soccer coming from the midfield areas. But this was not fully executed due to the tight and properly organised…

Cooks offer hefty pay for Fijians

More Fiji rugby league players are being contracted to the Cook Islands for semi-professional competitions. They are also expected to get hefty pay cheques with an average $NZ12,000 ($FJ19,000) for a five-month contract in Rarotonga. This week, three more Fijians leave for the Cook Islands. Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) assistant national coach, Jo Dakuitoga,…

Fiji failed to spark

VODAFONE national 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau said the team did not play its natural game resulting in their semi-final loss in Wellington last weekend. He said the boys finally got their rhythm and later bounced back to beat England for the third spot. Kolinisau said defence was also another area that let his team down…