The top four teams in the National Soccer League competition will battle it out for the ultimate prize when the semi-final kick off at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae on Sunday May 20.
After the last washout match played yesterday, Toti City FC, who finished on 32 points, are the minor premiers followed by FC Morobe Wawens 24, Besta PNG United FC on 22 and Madang FC on 20, making the top four spots.
Toti City FC are the only undefeated side with 10 wins and 2 draws heading into Sunday’s semi-finals.
Coach Peter Gunemba’s men have been the picture of consistency at the 2018 National Soccer League competition, with one game away from making their fourth appearance at the NSL grand final.
The final four pits the competition’s most clinical and consistent teams, Toti and Wawens, against Besta and Madang. Wawens and Besta are two enigmatic and talented sides, who have willed their way to be on the cusp of a final.
Toti City’s match against the Madang will provide fans with a contrast in styles with both sides have a history of rivalry.
Gunemba’s side, who have been an unrelenting, almost unstoppable force in the competition are the form team of this year’s NSL competition.
Madang coach David Geladia knows he has a side of talented individuals but getting them to click quicker as cohesive group on the day would be the key to his team’s chances.
The first semi-final will kick off between the two young sides, Morobe Wawens will take on the unpredictable Besta PNG United.
Besta’s coach Harrison Kamake gave his side the right mix of tactical nous and tough talk to coax the best performance out of them in securing the third spot on the competition ladder.
Their unpredictable style and their speed on attack, with wippet Barthy Kerobin one of the players of the competition, will see the dangerous Besta’s pose a threat to the precise and cerebral Wawens at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.
Wawens on the other hand are coming off a dominating performance over Southern Strikers on their washout match on Monday where coach Peter Seski side shut down Port Moresby based team, slotting in five goals.
The combination of calm and calculated precision football, coupled with their ability to control the tempo of the game, could spell trouble for Besta.
The semi-final opening fixture is at 12:30pm while the second semi-final match is at 3pm on Sunday at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.
The format of the semi-final will be, 1 versus 4 and 2 versus 3. The winners proceed to the grand-final next weekend on May 26 while the losers play for third and fourth.