Hekari attributes success to discipline

PNG soccer giant MRDC Hekari United FC has attributed its unbeaten success in the Telikom National Soccer League to player discipline and commitment.

Team manager Vonnie Kapi Natto says discipline on and off the field is always top priority for the players and this has reflected in the results they have achieved so far in NSL.

Kapi Natto gave credit to the older star players including captain David Muta, Koriak Upaiga, Wira Wama and Ismael Pole.

She said these players have been down with injury from time to time during the season but have kept the team spirit in every match.

The start of the NSL champion’s league at the weekend saw Hekari continue its winning streak with the new game format defeating Rapatona twice at the Bisini Soccer Grounds. 

“I give a lot of credit to Rapatona as they’re a very good team that needs to make use of their opportunities to score and we wish them good luck on their remaining games,” said Kapi Natto.

With the third game this Saturday, Hekari is ready to take on the challenge despite a tiring week of games and traveling.

“We have to take it on as we know the challenge is very high but we have to be strong.

“The senior players are used to traveling and playing a lot but it’s the young players who will have to adjust well as they say it’s quite tough and it’s physically painful.

“We have to encourage them and give them some resting time during the game as we try to manage our players so that they can be ready for each game,” she said.

Hekari will take on Welgris Morobe United this Saturday at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae and Rapatona will battle with premiers Lae City Dwellers at Bisini.

Quintina Naime