Australia coach targets consistency over rankings climb

MELBOURNE,  (Reuters) – Fallen power Australia are not  even thinking about a return to the top of the test rankings,  according to coach Tim Nielsen, as the team seek to rebuild  following their humiliating Ashes defeat to England.

British MPs accuse FIFA and Blatter of cover-up

LONDON, (Reuters) – A British Government inquiry into  corruption allegations surrounding World Cup bids has accused  FIFA of trying to brush aside the evidence and has questioned  president Sepp Blatter’s commitment to reforming the  organisation.

Messi frustrated with Argentina’s poor start

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – A frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday.

Tucville Secondary, N/Georgetown run out winners

Tucville Secondary and North Georgetown Secondary won the boys and girls’ titles respectively as the curtains came down on the Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy football finals  at Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground Saturday afternoon.

Workshop for Fastball referees

Referees named to officiate in the inaugural GT&T Fastball tournament attended a Workshop yesterday at GT&T Canteen aimed at sensitizing them with new innovative rules of the competition ahead of the official launch next weekend in Linden.

Jack Warner to receive five-figure FIFA pension for life

Jack Warner, the controversial former FIFA executive committee member who was at the heart of a corruption investigation until he resigned this week, is set to pick up a five-figure annual pension for life as a result of his decision to stand down.

VP Klass says CFU will survive recent turmoil

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Caribbean Football Union vice-president Colin Klass says the regional governing body for the sport is resilient and will survive the recent turmoil springing from the cash-for-vote scandal.

FIFA found “overwhelming” evidence of bribery

LONDON, (Reuters) – FIFA’s ethics committee found  “comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming” evidence that  Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner were involved in attempted  bribery, according to the preliminary report that led to the  suspension of the two officials.

Warner questions validity of damning report

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Embattled ex-football executive Jack Warner has hit back at international media reports which claimed yesterday that FIFA’s ethics committee had found compelling evidence against him following an investigation into bribery allegations.

Winners of Futsal tournament to get $500,000

The Georgetown Football Association (GFA) in tandem with the National Sports Commission (NSC) kicked off their Club Futsal Football competition last Tuesday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).

GOODBYE FIFA: But Opposition wants Red Card for Warner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) Monday called on the Commissioner of Police to continue the probe into bribery allegations against Works and Transport Minister Austin Jack Warner, who tendered his resignation as vice president of the International Football Federation (FIFA).

Warner quits FIFA

-FIFA drops investigation into corruption claims

LONDON, (Reuters) – Jack Warner, who had threatened  a “tsunami” of revelations about the way soccer is run, quit as  FIFA vice president yesterday, prompting the sport’s governing  body to drop an investigation into bribery allegations against  the Trinidadian.

Warner says CONCACAF needs to rally behind Austin

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Jack Warner, who resigned yesterday as one of the most powerful figures in world football, has thrown his support behind embattled Barbadian Lisle Austin to head CONCACAF.

Jamaica looking to rewrite history against US

WASHINGTON DC,  CMC – For Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz to reach their first CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final in 13 years, they will have to do what they have never done in their history – beat the United States.

Tucville, North Georgetown and Christ Church record wins

Scotiabank/Pepsi School Football Academy…

Tucville Secondary and North Georgetown girls and Christ Church boys team recorded victories when action in the ScotiaBank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy continued at the Carifesta Sports Complex (CSC) and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Grounds recently.

Blatter fears FIFA `black hole’

(BBC) Current president Sepp Blatter says Fifa will be plunged into “a black hole” if rival Mohamed Bin Hammam wins next month’s leadership election.

Bin Hammam chides Blatter over Interpol donation

LONDON, (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate  Mohamed Bin Hammam criticised Sepp Blatter yesterday for  donating $20 million to Interpol to help combat match-fixing,  claiming the idea was never approved by FIFA’s executive  committee.

Scandal must be over before election – Blatter

MANCHESTER, (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter  wants the vote-selling scandal which has damaged attempts by  world soccer’s governing body to clean up its image to be sorted  out by the time he stands for re-election on June 1.

United ready to steal City’s thunder again

LONDON, (Reuters) – Manchester United fans will be  delighted by the twist of fate that could see their team secure  a record 19th top-flight championship on Saturday, the same day  Manchester City appear in the FA Cup final.

GABF to host FIBA level one coaching clinic from May 23

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) in association with Olympic Solidarity will be hosting a FIBA level one coaching clinic from May 23-30 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, according to a GABF release  yesterday.

Bribery scandal again rocks FIFA

-Triesman accuses four FIFA members of requesting favours in return for votes

LONDON, (Reuters) – Former English Football  Association chairman David Triesman has accused FIFA executive  committee members Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira, Nicolas Leoz  and Worawi Makudi of asking for favours in return for their  votes for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Eagles are the Greatest of the Streets!

Eagles squeezed past Retrievers Unknowns 3-2 to lift the Guinness Greatest of the Streets Futsal football tournament in front of a mammoth crowd at the Mackenzie market squad Saturday evening to bring the curtains down on the Linden leg of the series.

Lumumba to cut administration costs if elected

GFF presidential hopeful Odinga Lumumba again bemoaned poor football standard in Guyana, while also outlining his vision for a complete turnaround for the sport if elected on May 27 to succeed current president Colin Klass.

Lodge Secondary deflates Tutorial High

ScotiaBank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy…

Lodge Secondary School romped to a scintillating victory against Tutorial High School when the inaugural ScotiaBank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy continued yesterday with two matches at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Ground.

Alpha United are Super Four Champs

GFF Super League Competition…

Alpha United and Guyana Defence Force (GDF) battled to an exhausting finish in the final of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super League – Super Four Knockout Competition with  Alpha emerging victorious.

Real, Barcelona protests dismissed

(BBC) European football’s governing body has rejected the complaints lodged by Real Madrid and Barcelona following their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Pele edge Fruta Conquerors 2-1

Pele Football Club downed Fruta Conquerors 2-1 in extra time in the final of the Pele Football  Club under 17 knockout tournament held at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground Wednesday evening from 18:00hrs.

Fletcher hat-trick leads Georgetown past Bartica

Jermaine Fletcher recorded a hat-trick for Georgetown as they catapulted to victory against Bartica when action in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Inter Association Under-17 football tournament continued at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) Ground yesterday afternoon.

Confident Blatter wins South American backing

ASUNCION, (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter said he was  fully confident of winning another four-year term as FIFA  president as he secured the backing of South America’s soccer  chiefs on the campaign trail yesterday.

Lumumba gets nod to challenge Klass at May 27 elections

Odinga Lumumba, president of Guyana’s number one team Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United, has gotten the nod from the Georgetown Football Association’s (GFA) constituents to challenge president of the GFF Colin Klass at the upcoming elections on May 27.

Messi on way to becoming greatest of all time – Batista

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Lionel Messi will one day  be regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, said  Argentina coach Sergio Batista after watching his two-goal  Champions League display for Barcelona against Real Madrid.

Barcelona and Real row escalates

MADRID,  (Reuters) – A row between Barcelona and  Real Madrid which erupted after Wednesday’s Champions League  semi-final first leg escalated yesterday when the pair filed   complaints with UEFA.

Manchester United outclass Schalke in 2-0 stroll

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, (Reuters) – Manchester  United outclassed Schalke 04 in a one-sided Champions League  semi-final first leg yesterday, with goals from Ryan Giggs and  Wayne Rooney securing a 2-0 win for the English side.

Camptown defeat Conquerors to take crown

Mayor’s Cup Tournament…

Sunburst Camptown produced a stirring performance against Fruta Conquerors in the final of the Mayor’s Cup Knockout Tournament which earned them the title Thursday night at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground.

Star Boys blast quick goals for comfortable victory

Linden’s Guinness Greatest of the Streets

Star Boys Ralph Alexander and Jermaine Mc Bean recorded two of the tournament’s fastest goals on the fifth night of action in the inaugural Linden Guinness Greatest of the Streets Futsal competition at the Silver City Hard court on Wednesday night.

Milerock go under 0-3 to Trinidad’s Defence Force

CFU Club Championship...

Striker Richard “Shaka” Roy scored a goal on either side of the half as Digicel T&T Pro League champions, Defence Force strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Guyana’s Milerock to secure a semifinal spot in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship  at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on Friday night.

Alpha advances

CFU Club Championship…

-‘The Hammer’  humbles River Plate to progress to next round of CFU club c/ships Alpha `The Hammer’ United claimed its first victory in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) club championships when they defeated River Plate FC in a thrilling encounter at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground, Bourda yesterday.

Hargreaves future bleak as latest injury ends season

MANCHESTER, England,  (Reuters) – Midfielder Owen  Hargreaves’ Manchester United career could be over after manager  Alex Ferguson said the luckless player’s latest injury would  keep him out for the rest of the season.

GFA in bid to get voting rights restored before elections

The Georgetown Football Association continued its push to be regularized and duly constituted under its umbrella body, Guyana Football Federation, when they submitted the relevant documents yesterday to facilitate this process.

Manchester ready to block United’s treble dream

LONDON, (Reuters) – Manchester City would ease some  of the hurt inflicted on them over the last four decades by  Manchester United if they were to win their FA Cup semi-final at  Wembley Stadium tomorrow and end United’s treble hopes.