The impact of tomorrow’s two Group A encounters could have a significant impact on the final outcome of the group as both Madang and Lupe Ole Soaga chase first points, while Magenta and Central Sport are hoping to knock the other out of contention.
Madang started strong in their opening encounter scoring the opening goal and putting the Tahitians on the back foot.
However by the second half their structure had fallen by the way-side, which losing key player Jacob Sabua didn’t help, and Central were able to take advantage.
Coach Francis Moyap pinpointed structure as an aspect where improvements can be made.
“I think in terms of what we can improve on in the future – our shape is a priority,” he said.
“We will focus on getting back into our structure of play and we’re looking forward to the next match.
“Samoa is a good team, they held New Caledonia to 2-1 so they will be a good challenge.”
Although Lupe Ole Soaga surprised many with their ability to hold hosts Magenta to just a 2-1 win, coach Paul Ualesi doesn’t expect things to get any easier for his side as they progress through the competition.
“For us, we take all games as really tough opponents,” he said.
“Our last match was tough but we can’t really think about what the score of previous games were.
“All we can do is focus on ourselves and what we can do to improve for our next opponent.”
While Madang and Lupe are hoping to get their first points on the board, it’s a different story for Magenta and Central who are both hoping tomorrow’s game will see them take a clear lead on the table.
Madang FC: 1. Glen AGAT (GK), 3. Nigel MALAGIAN, 4. Don ANGONGI, 5. Langarap SAMOL, 6. Samuel KINI, 7. Maximillion SENGUM, 8. Solomon MAPAI, 9. Patrick AISA, 10. Eliuda POHEI, 11. Vanya MALAGIAN, 12. Darren STEVEN, 13. Hanson TOPIO, 14. Michael TOLE, 15. Vincent WAROI, 16. Papalau AWELE, 18. Stahl GUBAG, 19. Steven INIA, 20. Kusuga KOMOLONG (GK), 21. Maskulan PULUNG, 23. Leehan MANASEH (GK)
Suspended: 17. Jacob SABUA
Coach: Francis MOYAP [PNG]
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