By HENRY MORABANG
THREE exciting National Soccer League (NSL) football matches are on the cards at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae tomorrow.
The match between the vastly improved Tukoko University and Niupetro Fox of Madang should be a thriller.
The Unitech-based team currently lead the NSL ladder by one point ahead of Hekari United and Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC while early frontrunners CMSS Tigers are fast losing their grip on the competition ladder.
The Fox, after their upset win over Gelle Hills (2-0) a fortnight ago and last weekend’s a 1-1 draw against CMSS Tigers at home, sees the Madang team enter the match posing a credible threat to the table leaders.
University coach Wopai Jojogai will be counting on Clifford Wate and Freddie Mataello to lead charge.
As for Madang’s chances, it will depend on how skipper Robin Malwok leads a determined team with the assistance of Vincent Lam, Raymond Bailey, Joshua Kambuka, Mol Buran, who must win this game to stay in contention for a finals spot.
Also helping the Fox cause will be underrated Sepik imports, Terrence Bandi and Rudolf Gule, who are sure to add some fireworks to the attack.
Hekari United should have it easy against a Mathew Witu-coached Besta PNG United still struggling to find their feet in the NSL.
Another interesting clash should see displanted Morobeans, Raymond Gunemba and Ian Yanum’s Tigers take on Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC.
In their first meeting, Tigers won 2-0 at Lloyd Robson Oval. It will be a different story when both face off in front of a patriotic Morobe crowd at Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium.
Tigers, after four consecutive draws, need a win to stay in contention for the finals plus it would do their confidence a world of good to finally return a win.
Morobe, after two losses, are back in the winner’s circle begining with a solid 2-0 win over Gelle Hills last weekend. It should be a very good game.
In Port Moresby, Eastern Star will be aiming to avenge their 2-0 loss to Gelle Hills in the side’s last meeting.
Unfortunately Stars will be without Andrew Marampau who has moved to Gelle Hills but have consolidated their backline with the recruitment of top fullback Watson Tagaia from Hekari United.