By HENRY MORABANG
HEKARI United must beat CMSS Tigers tomorrow at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby to consolidate its claim for minor premiership and the right to represent the country for the 2010-11 O-League season.
The match between Hekari and Tigers is the only Telikom National Soccer League match in the capital while Lae will host the double header and Madang’s Niupetro Fox are hosting Besta PNG United.
The double header at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium would see Gigira Laitepo Morobe take on Eastern Star while the clash of the academics will see Tukoko-sponsored University Lae play Esiloan University Inter of Port Moresby.
With two remaining games after tomorrow’s round, a win for Hekari will be enough to book them a ticket for the O-League challenge for the third consecutive time, and the NSL minor premiership.
Hekari coach Jerry Allen and his assistant Tommy Mana know it is a crucial match for them.
Allen will be relying on his skipper David Muta to call the shots along with Samuel Kini while flanker Alick Maemae and Benjamin Mela should finish the moves from both wings.
Striker Tuimasi Manuca and Kema Jack are expected on fire against Tigers while in the backline Cyril Muta, Andrew Lepani, Pita Bolaitoga will man the last line in front of goalkeeper Bure Gabina.
Tigers coach Joowan Jung is expected to change his tactics.
He has to call on his experienced players and run them on first.
Striker Raymond Gunemba and Ian Yanum should be in the starting team and not warming the bench.
Tigers paid dearly for benching these two important players against Esiloan University last week.
Joowan should recall skipper Ken Gule to move in to assist Nathan Vincent and Sowera Guti and Frank Tulem in midfield.
Tigers’ backline still looks shaky with Ila Ilaita Jr and Richard Pono still not getting enough support from their midfield when in attack and this needs to be rectified.
It should be an interesting game though.