Tigers’ test

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By HENRY MORABANG

The moment of truth has arrived for CMSS Tigers and Hekari United as they lock horns in what could be a sneak preview of this season’s NSL soccer final tomorrow at Lloyd Robson Oval.
Both teams have been running neck and neck since the competition start last year.
Tomorrow’s match will show out who is the pretender and who is the serious contender for 2010 NSL premiership.
Tigers under assistant coach Selan Elijah must win this football match to put forward their premiership credentials for the title of number one club in the semi-professional competition.
Likewise, Hekari must win the match to prove that they are the competition’s benchmark and secondly, the match is all important as an hit-out for the club as they prepare for the remianing matches in the O-League.
Elijah said his side is ready for this all important match against the defending premiers.
The former PNG international is confident his team can play disciplined football and concentrate more on creating opportunities to register points.
“We have been working on areas that cost us the two drawn matches against UniInter (1-1) and Eastern Stars (2-2), and want to start fresh with a positive result on the weekend,” he said.
Both Tigers franchise owner Jimmy Kim and manager Perry Agina also endorsed Elijah’s comments.
If Tigers want to win, they must cut down Hekari midfielders David Muta and  Pita Bolaitoga preventing the duo from feeding dangermen Kema Jack, Joachim Waroi and Tuimaci Manuca. Fijian Manuca has proved to be a valuable member of Hekari in both the O-League and the NSL matches and the he is expected to have an impact.
Hekari United are renowned for being a highly disciplined team and they will punish opponents who take a relaxed appraoch against them.
The team’s never-say-die attitude is one of the reasons the three-time champions have kept a dynastic stranglehold on the country’s elite football competition.
Attempts to contact team manager Vonnie Kapi-Natto were unsuccessful yesterday.
It is understood Hekari coach Jerry Allen is preparing his boys well for the upcoming challenge tomorrow.
Allen is likely to field a strong side in Cyril Muta controlling the backs while Muta and Samuel Kini in the midfield and the goal-scoring wizard Kema Jack in the frontline.
In other matches in Port Moresby, UniInter will take on Tukoko University while Eastern Star plays Gigira Laitepo Morobe and in Lae, Besta PNG will host Niupetro Fox of Madang.