By HENRY MORABANG
GELLE Hill franchise owner Wilfred Vali was relieved after their marquee signing David Taro was cleared by PNGFA Judiciary Committee to pursue his playing career with the club.
Taro, of Solomon Islands, was caught in an internal row after CMSS Tigers sought some clarification regarding his double registration with both franchise clubs.
Tigers flew Taro to play with CMSS Tigers but signed up with Gelle Hills, a club he has been playing with since the start of National Soccer League challenge early last month.
Vali said he was glad that all documentation on his transfer were sorted so he could concentrate on leading his charges against struggling University Inter FC tomorrow.
Attempts to contact CMSS Tigers franchise owner Jimmy Kim on the decision was unsuccessful last night.
An interesting match is expected between Gelle Hills and University Inter FC where former teammates are facing each other.
Vali said University coach Robert Popat, strikers Tau Winnie and Hans Niel would face off with the former Gelle Hills teammates.
With due respect to the trio, the franchise owner said his boys would not take the game lightly.
“We have come the hard way to the top of the ladder and we will not back off on Saturday,” he said.
Vali said it would be an interesting match to watch.
Gelle Hills are currently sharing the lead with Hekari United and CMSS Tigers, who are all on nine points apiece.
In the main match, Eastern Stars FC who are struggling to find their winning form, should lift themselves against visiting Tukoko University Lae.
Stars coach Moiyap Francis and his assistant Steven Mune should not take a gamble and must be serious in naming a strong starting 11 players to ensure they beat the visitors.
Francis would be expecting Timothy Joe, flanker Paul Wale, midfielder Adrian Komu and striker Boda Bomana to lift in this important match.
Tukoko University will unleash their lethal weapon Clifford Wate and Nelson Nate from Solomon Islands.
Coach Ronald Dei certainly has some tricks up his sleeves so Eastern Stars FC should be prepared for the challenge.