Kagua Erave FC looking at friendlies to boost campaign


Kagua Erave FC coach Steven Mune says he is keen to play trial matches before the National Soccer League season starts on Jan 26.
Mune said this after his side played a friendly against a Goroka-based team yesterday.
“It was our first trial match but both teams displayed impressive footwork,” Mune said.
Mune said he was looking forward to having two more matches to assess the strengths and weaknesses of his players before announcing the final squad.
“I’m comfortable with the players we have,” he said.
“From the first trial match, I know which players to put on the field and bench.”
Mune said he was getting his players to focus more on attack and their defensive structures before the start of the semi-professional competition.
“I have 27 players and trimming the number down to 22 would be difficult,” he said.
“But I can do that after the two trials next week.
“I was not worried about the scoreline (5-1).
“I only wanted to see whether the players put into practise what they had learned during training.
“I was impressed with the attacking and defensive display.”
Mune said his side were based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.
“We will not move out of Goroka until we see the home-and-away fixtures,” he said.
Out of the 27 players, five players are from Port Moresby, seven from Madang and one from West New Britain while the rest are from Kagua-Erave.