In preparation for the Pacific games this year, the train on squad turned up in small numbers last week. This afternoon they turned out in numbers. Team Hekari United who were away for their O-League duties in Solomon Islands, truned up spirit is looking good for the men’s squad.
A total of 28 men are on the train on squad, players from the Eastern Stars and Hekari United football clubs showed up this afternoon at the Sir John Guise Stadium for the second week of their training. Also among the boys are; top goal scorer for Eastern Stars, Felix Bondaluk, Hekari United’s captain, David Muta and Kema Jack were also present to give support to the boys.
Madang Fox also have two of their boys selected for the train on squad and are going through their training sessions in Madang.
Men’s Head Coach Frank Farina will be in Port Moresby after the NSL grand final which is expected to take place on the 26th of April and will go through with the team on physical fitness training sessions before the elimination period takes place.
The names of the final team will be announced between April and May this year when Frank Farina and his management will decide who makes the team.
In other centers, Besta PNG’s Coach Max Foster is currently working out with the boys in Lae while in Madang there will also be someone there to take charge of the boys from Madang. The number of training days for the train on squad will be increased from once a week to three days a week after the National Soccer League grandfinals are played.
Meanwhile, the women team are also doing their best alongside their male counterpart with more ball work. With more than twenty expected in a few weeks time, Coach Steven Mune is expecting the number to increase in the coming weeks.
“As Women’s NSL is concern it is more likely we will make a good team for the Pacific Games”, said Mr Mune.
The turnout of the ladies have been very good compared to the previous years because many of the women have been selected from the current Women’s National Soccer League.