Coach Jack Jonathan said from Lae yesterday he would use the same eleven that beat Port Moresby FC 3-2 last week. Simon, 19, of Buang, Morobe, is likley to feature prominently in Jonathan’s plans to topple the seven-time NSL premiers on their home turf.
Previously with PNG Football Academy side Besta United, Simon has made every post a winner since joining Morobe this year and more responsibility will rest on his young shoulders as the Lae-based franchise looks to come away with victory. Simon’s midfield partner Eliude Fugre will be looked on to spark the Morobe offence against Hekari.
The Morobe duo’s slick passes were instrumental in outplaying the highly fancied FC Port Moresby last week. Morobe are likely to start Beckham Yanum and Sammy Hiob in front, while national representative Valentine Nelson will take charge of the backline.
Hekari FC, on the other hand, are likely to field a full strength side that will include midfielder David Muta, and Fijian strikers Maciu Dunadamu and Taniela Waqa – who both received their International Transfer Certificates from Fiji and Australia respectively.
Coach Jerry Allen said despite the absence of the three players in the opening two matches, younger players had stepped up, and the trio would have to fight hard to get back into the starting team against Morobe.
In the match of the round, FC Port Moresby will have a hard match against Eastern Stars. The Stars came from behind to draw 1-1 against WNB Tavur, and that fighting spirit makes them the team to watch on Saturday.
Stars coach Max Foster said after the Kimbe mid-week clash, he now had good idea on which players to start in the team against FC Port Moresby.
FC Port Moresby, which has nine internationals on the roster, will need to get their act together on the field. The team has disappointed their supporters for the second consecutive week after going down to 3-2 to Morobe.
In Lae, WNB Tavur FC will make their first travel out of the oil palm province to meet red-hot Besta PNG United in Lae next Wednesday due to logistics problem, while Welgris and NC Civils Works Oro FC will fight it out for their first competition points when they meet in the main game at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium. Both Welgris and Oro – the Popondetta team – are yet to register a competition points.