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PNG National Soccer League to pick up where it left off

The Papua New Guinea National Soccer League round eight matches are expected to things up as the competition resumes after two weekends of break due to the OFC Champions League group stage at Sir John Guise Stadium, which ended last weekend. 

The double header in Port Moresby will see Hekari United take on giant killers Vitiaz United while Star Mountain welcome the visitors Tusbab Stallion FC from Madang.

Vitiaz United, under coach Trevor Ire, are determined to continue their winning streak but it will be a tough challenge for them against Hekari United who have just returned back from the OFC Champions League challenge.

Hekari United will possibly looking to retain their potential starters in front in the likes of Kolu and Ati Kepo with their attacking midfielder and Brazilian import Vinicius Reis Kryzozun.

Leading the pack at the back will be captain Koriak Upaiga alongside Daniel Joe and Junior David.

Meanwhile, Vitiaz will be relying on veteran Elude Fugre and young Yagi Yasasa with support from their finishers Russel Nirik and Joel Tiampo to seal a win and continue their winning form.

The soccer community in Lae will be treated to a triple-header at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium when defending champions Lae City FC up against Kutubu FC followed by FC Morobe Wawens taking on Gulf Komara FC and later in the day Morobe United battle it out with FC Bougainville.

The opening match of the triple-header between Lae City and Kutubu FC will be an entertaining match to watch after having the defending champion back from their OFC Champions League challenge in Vanuatu.

Lae City who currently sit in second spot on the ladder has seven wins and a loss, having scored twenty goals in seven matches making them favourites. Meanwhile Kutubu has two wins and five losses with just eight goals from their seven previous matches.

Although the Peter Gunemba-coached side did not qualify for quarter final of the OFC Champions League, experience and skill in their side will obviously give them the edge to settle with a good result this weekend with the side able to count on Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba together with Emmanuel Simon and Jacob Sabua at this crucial stage in the competition.

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