Hekari United is currently five points away Lae City FC in the top of the table of the PNG National Soccer League; the team coached by Eric Komeng will be looking for an important win this weekend when they take on Gulf Komara in Port Moresby.
Since the restart of the competition, Hekari lost a match to Lae City and recently draw against Vitiaz United in two top-table clashes, but in none of those matches the forward Patrick Aisa was involved – neither in the other two matches against Kutubu and Bougainville.
The addition of the powerful duo Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba certainly reduced the game time of Aisa in the first team of Hekari, but the player is still to have a chance under the guidance of Eric Komeng. Aisa was let out of all the four matchday squads since the league resumption and no recent news state about a possible injury of the player; what makes us to wonder: is Patrick Aisa out of Hekari United plans?
The Papua New Guinean international was a regular starter for Hekari in the first part of the season, including the participation at OFC Champions League. Aisa already has experienced of playing overseas, as he spent a season in New Zealand playing for Hamilton Wanderers.
Hekari United also counts on the attacking force of players such as Ati Kepo, but the quality of Patrick Aisa is something that deserves to be explored by the Red Army staff. Despite not being a natural finisher, Aisa’s pace is valuable at the flanks and can help Hekari to break the deadlock of Gulf Komara that will surely come out with a more defensive strategy in both sides upcoming clash.
It is uncertain if Komeng will field the player on Saturday, but the credentials of Aisa make him more than capable to have an impact for Hekari. Aisa already scored in the season for his team and will be ready to step up if a new opportunity is to come. A player of the importance of Aisa – with already 12 international matches for his country – can not be let out of the team in these circumstances; if the situation stands as it was for the first month of football since the league resumption, we will not be surprised if Aisa moves elsewhere to get football time.