Hekari vs Lae City: once again the two Papua New Guinean giants are finalists of National League

The PNG National Soccer League 2022 is having its final moments in early 2023; the two semifinal matches were played this Saturday (21th Jan) in Port Moresby and Lae. The favourites to be present in the final match made no mistake and granted their spot inthe deciding encounter.

In a match marked terrible moments after the final match at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Hekari United surpassed Gulf Komara with two quick goals in the second half: the talented midfielder Yagi Yasasa opened the scoreline in favour of the David Muta-coached side; Oberth Simon finished the deal for Hekari to confirm their 2-0 win and seal their place in the final match once again. Komara was a harsh opponent for the former OFC Champions League winners as they counted on many important players such as Ishmael Pole, Nigel Dabinyaba and Michael Foster. The team is coached by former Kapuls first choice goalkeeper David Aua.

Oberth Simon celebrates his goal – PNGFA Media

At Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, the national champions Lae City knew they would need a lot of work to go past the Lae Natives FC’s goalkeeper Jordan Tobem. Still in the first half, the winger Elijah Kamak scored the first in favour of the team coached by Bob Morris.

Lae City held the lead at the break for the first half and needed to work hard in the final 45 minutes; but the national powerhouse was able to deal with the danger and finish the match thanks to a goal scored by Kapuls midfielder Obert Bika. As of Port Moresby, the 2-0 result repeated itself in Lae in favour of Lae City FC.

Lae City players celebrate one oftheir goals – Lae City FC Media

The final match will be played in Port Moresby as stated by PNG Football Association; the decisive encounter of the season is set to be played next weekend.


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