The National, Friday 31st May 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
FC Port Moresby can create history by being the first to end Hekari’s domination of the Telikom National Soccer League in the final at Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby on tomorrow.
The gap between the two sides is probably the closest between finalists since the competition’d first season in 2006.
In their debut year, FC Port Moresby will meet seven-time champions, Hekari United in a fitting end to the national football flagship competition.
FC Port Moresby chairman Richard Kassman and coach Reginald Davani are confident they have the team to end Hekari’s dynasty.
Davani congratulated Hekari for making the grand final for their eighth straight year, and for setting the standard of football in the country.
“Hekari has set the benchmark, but, we are capable of making an impact come Saturday,” Davani said.
The former PNG striker said making the grand final and had exceeded their expectations.
Cyril Muta, the nomadic captain who will challenge is brother, David of Hekari, for the second grand final.
Cyril captained Eastern Star when they played Hekari in the final last year, and now leads FC Port Moresby in their inaugural final.
FC Port Moresby captain is relying on the Momase contingent of Michael Foster, Alwin Komolong, Niel Hans, Vanya Malagian, Max Sengum and Roniel Igens who will receive able support from Roland Bala, Felix Bondaluk, David Taro and the company.
Hekari coach Jerry Allan wants nothing but the victory for supporters.
“The win is for our faithful Reds supporters throughout the country,” Allan said.
Hekari manageress Vonnie Kapi Natto said her charges had come through to the grand final through hardwork.
“This year was very tough year with the OFC Champions League taking much of our time and focus away from National Soccer League, but we’re fortunate we won early games to remain on top and the finals,” she said.