HEKARI United FC should improve on their missed opportunities if they were to remain competitive in the remaining O-League soccer challenges.
Franchise owner John Kapi Natto made the remarks after returning with his team after the first match against Vanuatu’s Tafea FC last Saturday.
Hekari Utd FC drew against Tafea FC 3-3.
Though, Kapi Natto was impressed with his boys’ performance, he strongly stressed that there was no room for missed opportunities in such high-level competitions.
He added that every strike at the goalmouth should be counted if the PNG team wants to win.
Kapi Natto said that statistics had shown that Hekari Utd FC had 10 opportunities to find the target but managed to convert only three goals.
However, he was amazed with the overall performance of the club taking on Tafea FC, predominantly
Overall, he was impressed with a club side (Hekari) taking on Tafea FC, predominantly the Vanuatu national team, boasting of two overseas-based players, Richard Iwai and Etienne Mermer who played for Mitchelton FC in the tough Brisbane soccer competition.
Kapi-Natto is aware that Lautoka FC has 10 overseas-based players – nine Australians and one from Vanuatu in their side to bolster their 2009 O-League campaign.
But, it will no deter the spirit of the Papua New Guinea champion club.
“I give full credit to the boys for putting up a good fight against the Vanuatu champions and will continue on when they meet Lautoka FC,” he said.
Kapi Natto said Hekari would now work on their mistakes to prepare for their next game against Lautoka of Fiji in Port Moresby on Nov 7.
They clash with Marist FC of Solomon Islands in Port Moresby on Dec 7 after their match against Lautoka FC.
Hekari are currently placed equal second with Vanuatu’s Tafea FC with one point in Group B following their 3-3 draw during Day 1 of the 2010 O-League which kicked off last weekend.
Debutant Lautoka FC picked up maximum points after beating Marist FC 3-1 to head the points ladder with three points while the Solomon Islands champion club is yet to register a point.