The resumption of the PNG National Soccer League is approaching – according to the PNGFA, the National League is scheduled to restart in August. Port Moresby-based Hekari United are already back in training to retain the league title; Hekari lost the grand final of the 2019 edition of the league to Lae City and currently occupies the third place in the country’s top football league rankings.
Contrary to what local sources recently stated, Samoan international Vito Laloata confirmed to the Oceania Football Center that he is still at the club. The striker that is known as The Samoan gem will continue to wear the Hekari jersey at least until the end of the current season. The situation might be different from the Brazilian players of Hekari – Erick Joe and Vinicius Reis Kryzozun – that are unlikely to continue in the Reds squad for the rest of the season – although there are no confirmation whether the players already left the team or not.
Laloata played all of Hekari United’s games – one of them as a starter – in their recent participation in the 2020 OFC Champions League, but failed to make it to the knockout rounds, with Galaxy from Vanuatu and New Zealand champions Eastern Suburbs taking the two places in the next round. Laloata scored one goal for his new club in the PNG National Soccer League.
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Hekari comes with a very strong for the season, counting on the usuals David Muta and Koriak Upaiga. Recently, Hekari signed three new important players to boost their chances to retain the national glory: the defender Carlos Onne and the midfielders Wira Wama and Gregory Togubai.