By HENRY MORABANG
CAPTAIN David Muta will play a prominent role in an all-important O-League football match when Hekari United FC host their sister club, Marists FC of Solomon Islands, tomorrow at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby.
Muta, who plays midfield for the team, knows he must do the right thing to ensure his boys beat Marist.
Hekari United must win the match to stay in contention with Tafea FC of Vanuatu and Fiji’s Lautoka FC.
During the pre-match media conference at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby yesterday, Muta said his boys had been training very well and were looking forward to the game.
Muta will be calling on for help from his younger brother Cyril Muta, Fijian Lorima Dau and Koriak Upaiga in the backline, Samuel Kini, Andrew Lepani, Pita Bolaitoga in the midfield and Kema Jack, Joachim Waroi and Tuimasi Manuca in the forwards.
Fijian Manuca has proven dangerous in attack and will certainly be out to spoil the party for the visitors.
Muta said the boys had been training for this match for the last three weeks and would want to win.
Coach Tommy Mana said though he respected the visiting Solomon Islands players, he wanted nothing less than a win from his boys intact with competition leaders, Tafea FC.
“As much as Solomon Islands champions want to win, Hekari United are hell-bent for victory in front of their patriotic soccer supporters,” he said.
Mana said Hekari United were unfortunate against Tafea in their opening encounter to force a 3-3 draw and lost to Lautoka 2-1 in their last encounter.
“The boys must win the match tomorrow,” he said.
Marist FC coach Patrick Miniti, who had a brief coaching stint with Hekari United in the O-League last year, said his boys were ready to face the Papua New Guinea champions.
Meanwhile, PNG Besta United are looking to restore some lost pride when they clash with Gelle Hills in one of two National Soccer League matches played in Lae, Morobe province, tomorrow.
In the other match, Gigira Laitepo Morobe take on University Lae FC.