Association gets first chance in Besta FA Cup


THE Hekari Soccer Association, of Kutubu, Southern Highlands, has finally qualified for the Besta FA Cup after being unsuccessful over the years.
The association has advanced to the next stage after winning the regional qualifiers in Wabag last weekend.
Since its inception in 1991, the association has grown from strength to strength and their FA Cup qualification has been regarded as one of their better achievements.
Head coach Mathew Witu told The National yesterday that the association was made up of youths from the villages in Kutubu and were never exposed to tournaments such as the FA Cup.
“We did well to finish first in our pool which had six teams. We then we played against the top teams in pool A and we came out on top.
“Since the inception of Besta Cup a decade ago, we have tried every year but failed on every occasion.
“But we have finally achieve something great and our people in Kutubu and the players are overjoyed, we are now getting ready for the FA Cup finals in Lae.” Witu believes his team has what it takes to go all the way in the Besta Cup. However, he highlighted some areas of their game that needed improvement, like accuracy and speed.
He said with the FA Cup finals from Oct 30 to Nov 2, they were using the remaining time to prepare before travelling to Lae.

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