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Hekari win friendly in Qatar

The game played at the Aspire School of Excellence Sports Academy oval in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

It was the surefooted quicksilver Henry Fa’arodo who played an outstanding match whose corner kick found Kema Jack to slam home Hekari’s first goal.

The visitors struck again just before half time when Fijian powerhouse Malakai Tiwa scored from an indirect penalty kick to go to the break leading 2-nil.

The second half saw the Doha home side hold Hekari scoreless but could not score themselves keeping the score to 2-nil in the visitors favour.

Hekari will now play United Arab Emirates league champions Al Wahda in the capital Abu Dhabi on Wednesday December 8.

Hekari Chairman, John Kapi-Natto in an email message, said the team was now focusing on the big match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The PNG boys will now have to step up another level when they take on Al Wahda who boast a host of international players including three Brazilians.

The three Brazilians played a defining role in Al Wahda’s march to the title, namely Pinga, Magrao and former Malaga and Celta Vigo striker Fernando Baiano. The latter finished second in the scoring charts with 18 goals, six more than Pinga who has since made a surprise switch to Al Jazira.

Hekari have played lead up matches in New Zealand, Australia with the match at Doha being the latest.