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Dwellers, United Highlandsset for double-header

BY MARCIA NEGRI

Lae City Dwellers FC and United Highlands FC will head into National Premier League round 5 double header as underdogs against hosts Port Moresby Strikers FC and Gulf Komara FC tomorrow at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Both visiting teams have the arsenals in their sides who can deliver on game day with the likes of Raymond Gunemba, Ismael Pole and Nigel Dabinyaba ready to lead Lae City Dwellers FC while Koriak Upaiga (United Highlands FC) will give the hosts a good run for the money.

Last Saturday’s match saw Lae City Dwellers defeat Gulf Komara, 1-0 and United Highlands lost to Hekari United, 1-4. Both teams displayed

Lae City Dwellers Head Coach Peter Gunemba, said they do not differentiate teams, but rather take every team with the same approach, irrespective of how strong or weak the team is.

A tough match ensued last weekend, between LCD and Komara, Komara’s defences proved too strong as LCD managed to only get one goal past them through rookie mid-fielder Matu Ben, who managed a goal two minutes prior to half-time, both team’s goal keepers managed several impressive saves to keep the score till full-time.

“This is a semi professional league competition and therefore all teams are strong.

We are ready to face Port Moresby Strikers FC,” Gunemba added.

The team also consist of former Kapuls player, the likes of Ismael Pole, Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba.

The match between United Highlands and Hekari United proved too strong, despite United Highlands having a very young and inexperienced side, according to their head coach Mathias Apo, but that doesn’t write them off as a team, as they showed great ball control and possession in last weekend’s match against the Hekari side, and it was on them that they missed a lot of their potential goals, and even the strong current of wind didn’t help their situation.

“Playing alongside Koriak Upaiga and Andrew Apo has given confidence to these lads building on from each game. Up against an experienced Hekari outfit last week has taught our boys how competitive it is to play at this elite level,” commented Gunemba.

Koriak Upaiga is also a former Kapul and Hekari defender, who went up against his former teammates.

“Komara will be an uphill battle again but we have prepared well for this weekend,” Apo added.

Both teams are looking forward to this weekend’s match against opposing teams.
Games are at the PNG Football Stadium.

3pm – Port Moresby Strikers FC vs Lae City Dwellers FC
5pm – Gulf Komara FC vs United Highlands FC