Now or never for MRDC Hekari United FC

first_imgBY KEVIN TEME It is now or never for the red army as they face Hienghene Sport; the defending champion of the Oceania Football Confederation’s Champion League at 3pm tomorrow at the Sir John Guise Stadium. The MRDC Hekari United Football Club after succumbing to Eastern Suburbs AFC from New Zealand with a score line of 1-2 in their opening encounter, the Jerry Allen coached side must go all-out in totthe match against the New Caledonians to keep their hopes alive for a top two spot in group A. The inevitable has taken its toll as many blame the referee in charge for the loss however Allen knowing very well that this match is certainly an important one has opted to stick to the same team with only one change to the lineup. “We are hoping to field the same team with only one change to the first eleven after David Muta got a red card and will be sidelined for one match,” Allen said. He confirmed that young rising star Willie Gia replaces the veteran player maker as he embarks on a mission to win this match against the defending champions. “They lost their first game so as us, and I know they will come strong in this match. We won’t be taking this lightly as it’s a very important game for us,” he said. The Hienghene Sport FC lost 4-1 to Galaxy FC from Vanuatu in the first game last Sunday and will be fired up in this match against the host to regain some lost pride. Nothing is impossible for Hekari UFC as they face a sudden death match to survive in the group qualifying stage. Only two teams from Pool A in Port Moresby and Pool B which is hosted by Vanuatu survives through to the next group stage as two PNG teams including Hekari and Lae City FC fight its way for the top two spots. Lae City led by father and son in which Peter Gunemba (father) as the head coach and his son Raymond as the team captain looks promising after their 7-0 demolishing of Lautoka FC in the second match today in Vanuatu. With one draw against Henderson Eels of Solomon Islands and a 7-0 victory over Lautoka, the Peter Gunemba coached side just have to win its remaining game to top the pool while Hekari UFC back in Port Moresby will be fighting for its survival today. Meanwhile in the opening game tomorrow; Galaxy FC after comfortably smashing Hienghene Spots 4-1, they will be out to test the strength of the taller Eastern Suburbs AFC as they face off in their second match to fight for the top spot after game two. It’s certainly going to be a interesting match to watch as well.last_img


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