A venue for the NSL grand final is yet to set after last minutes hassles forced game to be moved from the Lloyd Robson oval.
Hekari’s form in the semi-professional league has been miles ahead of the rest of the on and off the field, Stars have yet to realise their dream of unsettling the champions and if it has to be done…..its got to be this weekend.
The match scheduled for 3pm is set to bring on the clash of the titans with the team with a more strategic game plan fuelled with strength will survive the 90 minutes football game.
The winners of the match will walk away K60,000 richer with the runner- ups pocketing K25,000, third place get K15,000 and K10,000 to the team that finish fourth.
The third and fourth play-off will be between the two Lae teams, Besta PNGFA United and NBS Tukoko University at 12pm.
In a pre-match press conference held at the sponsor’s headquaters at Waigaini, Hekari United coach Jerry Allan who has been with the club for six years contributing to the team’s success at the semi-professional competition said the team is well prepared for the big game.
Unfortunately Eastern Stars were not available at the conference protesting the team was treated unfairly in the semi finals play off last weekend.
The coach Allen and manageress Vonnie Kapi Natto were tight-lipped about their line-up for the weekend but will be using their 18 member squad on the day.
Three Fijian imports who have been instrumental this season Taniela Waqa, Pita Bolaitoga, and Maciu Dunadamu will surely be featured with the support of youth players in workaholic Wira Wama, Nigel Dabinyaba and Daniel Joe.
Experienced campaigner Erickson Komeng and strikers Kema Jack should lead by example despite missing the service of Andrew Lepani who is away in Russia on work committment and David Muta who is now playing overseas in Australia.
Eastern Stars franchise owner, Joseph Ealadona told Post Courier by phone that his boys were prepared to tackle Hekari United in the last week.
“We always love playing Hekari United as they are a hard team to beat and our challenge is to beat that,” Ealadona said.
Ealedona striking prowess lies in the hands of Solomon Islander David Taro who should have the support of Lae boys Michael Foster and Roniel Igens in the mid field while captain Cyril Muta should again take charge of the backline