By HENRY MORABANG
CMSS Tigers’ lethal weapon Raymond Gunemba had the last laugh after his team came out triumphant over Gigira Laitepo Morobe 2-0 in the Telikom Cup National Soccer League in Port Moresby last Saturday.
The Tigers against Morobe FC’s match was one of three NSL matches held in Port Moresby following the death of PNG Besta United goalkeeper Feeney Bonki last week in Lae.
In the early match, Hekari United thrashed inexperience PNG Besta United (U20) 6-1 while the Eastern Star failed to shine losing to Gelle Hills 2-1 while in Madang, University Lae beat Madang Fox 2-1.
Gunemba was up against his family members, including uncles Raymond Nasa (coach), Esa Nasa (midfielder), Matherson Nasa (goalkeeper) and his kid brother Troy Gunemba but managed to come on top of them.
As predicted, Gunemba was the marked man for the 90 minutes of football by Morobe and could not find the net.
However, his strike partner Gary Moka managed to sneak through a goal in the opening half before Ian Yanum set up Ken Gule for the winner in the second half.
Gigira Morobe had several opportunities to find the target but went begging with striker Francis Yasasa until replaced, not having a better day with his boots.
Coach Nasa should have opted for Yasasa and Hans Mambare, who is powerful with both legs, to beat strong teams likeHekari United and CMSS Tigers.
Team manager Stanley Khana said after the match that Tigers were the better side on the day.
Hekari strikers Eric Komeng and Tuimaci Manuca scored a double each while Abraham Enoch and Tonga Esira scored one each while midfielder Vanya Malagian scored for PNG Besta United.
In Madang, Ronald Dei’s University Lae came from behind to beat hosts Niupetro Fox 2-1.
After the third round, the unofficial ladder has Hekari United on nine points, CMSS Tigers nine, Gelle Hills six, Eastern Stars four, University Lae four, PNG Besta United one and University Inter and Niupetro Fox are yet to register a win.