With reigning champions Toti City FC (Lae City Dwellers) comfortably sit atop of the table from the rest of the franchise clubs competing in the 2018 National Soccer League challenge, the battle for second spot to qualify for the OFC Champions league is still on.
Despite conceding 12 goals against them, Toti City FC have amassed 38 goals and have yet to lose a game since the start of the competition.
After their 2-all draw against Madang FC in Madang last Saturday, Toti City FC still maintained the lead with 22 points, eight points clear of Morobe Wawens on 15 points, Madang 14, Besta PNG United FC 9, FC Momase 5, Southern Strikers 4 and Buang FC still struggling at the bottom.
However, except for Besta PNG United, Southern Strikers, FC Momase and Buang FC, the rest of the teams have played eight games.
Morobe Wawens who came off a 3-1 victory against Besta on the weekend have now moved up to secure the second-place with Madang dropping down to third.
However with Madang with a bye this weekend, will Morobe Wawen’s winning run come to end when they face Toti City on Saturday in the tenth round of the semi-professional competition?
FC Morobe Wawens will host Toti City FC in the top of the table clash.
Will Morobe Wawens be able to turn the tables on the competition leaders as they prepare ahead of their return to the OFC Champions League quarter finals in New Zealand next month.
Toti captain Raymond Gunemba, who is the current leading goal scorer in the competition with 11 goals, said they will be using the match as their final trial before travelling to New Zealand for the OFC Champions League quarter-final against Team Wellington.
While Besta PNG United will also be looking to bounce back after a disappointing performance against Morobe Wawens last weekend, the young guns will welcome the visiting team of Port Moresby, FC Momase.
Comprising of players from the national development squad, they are also pushing their claim to secure the second spot.
And with coach Harrison Kamake at the helm, he would already be aware of the situation and have his sights focused on a top finish.
And with the fabulous four – Barthy Kerobin, Jonathan Allan, and midfielder Ricky Wadunah and Emmanuel Simongi still on deck, Kamake will be counting on the fours to reap the rewards. Since joining Besta PNG United, the fours have matured in their game as they reach another level.