By LIONEL MUNGAE
The Hekari United Football Club (HUFC) is well prepared and will not take teams lightly in the knockout stages of the KPHL National Soccer League competition, says its franchise owner Vonnie Kapi Natto.
Hekari has secured the minor premiership of the southern conference and will play second place, West Tribe of the New Guinea Islands conference in this weekend’s encounter.
Kagua-Erave and Blue Kumuls have secured the winners tag of the highlands conference, Toti City FC and Morobe United for northern conference, AROB FC and West Tribe in the NGI conference.
Vonnie said Hekari will not underestimate any teams that come their way and will take every match in the finals play-offs seriously as all teams are capable and anything can happen.
“We are playing West Tribe and we will not take them lightly,” she said.
“They are unknown but very talented players.
“We haven’t played them yet so we will need to be alert. Hekari are in the camp in full training.
“We are ready to face West Tribe,” he said.
She said Hekari is confident to reach the finals for this NSL season, which it has been doing over the years and the onus is on the players.
Vonnie said discipline has been a driving force behind the performance of the team and the players are required to comply with the set guidelines which have seen the club representing the country in major FIFA sanctioned competitions.
She said the aim of the club was to return to the Oceania Football Confederations Champions League, where they won the 2009-2010 tournament and qualified for the FIFA club world cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The current reigning champions for the NSL competition is Toti City FC, who have represented the country in this year’s OFC championships in New Zealand.