CIVPAC NCDC Vipers will host the visiting ACTL Lae Bombers in what could be described as “mission impossible” in their quest for the 2009 bemobile Cup starting this Sunday in Port Moresby.
The Vipers are keeping their fingers crossed when they host Bombers and Lahanis while they play their last game away against Toyota Mioks in Wabag.
Coach Chris Enara yesterday said his charges were keeping their fingers crossed to see if Toyota Mioks could dent Mendi Muruks’ winning run for a breather and at the same time, the Vipers must win the remaining three matches, starting this weekend.
Enara did not write off his chances and is banking on the commitment from his players to see them through the last three hurdles.
“As I always say, the Vipers is a great team but we are not clicking at the right time due to the suspension of some of our key players.
“But as a coach, I still believe in my players and if they can put their mind to the game, they can win the match but it will depend on Muruks’ performance.”
Vipers coach said there were minor injuries to Thomas Ninkama, Dick Nap and Elijah Riyong, who has not been at his best due to a niggling injury.
It is the last match for the team, and certainly the three players will put their body on the line to ensure the pride of Port Moresby secure a spot in the finals which will start in three weeks time.
Enara said his boys would not underestimate the Bombers as when it comes to finals matches, it would be a different ball game.
Bombers has young and inexperience players which will be led by Russ Kaupa Jnr, skipper Jerry Kutz, Roy Kela, Jackson Kundi in the forwards while Bal Kaupa, Samson Ninge, Paul John and Mark Mexico to man the backline.
Mexico and halfback Peter Peyala are the two players that Vipers must closely monitor as they are very capable of swaying the game into their way.
In the other matches, Agmark Guria will host Bintangor Eagles in Kokopo, Mioks to play Muruks in Lae while Rangers will fly to Goroka to take on Bintangor Lahanis.