By LIONEL MUNGAE
The Eastern Stars Football Club have finish on 29 points second behind Hekari United in the KPHL National Soccer League (NSL) competition of the southern conference.
With the second stage of the competition scheduled for next weekend, the former champion club have struggled this season but were fortunate to clinch the second spot after a consecutive five wins in the last remaining games.
Eastern Stars have beaten Central FC 4-1 last weekend in a match dominated by the Stars in all departments, which signals a stern warning to all clubs taking part in this year’s competition to be cautious.
Eastern Stars will rely heavily on their experiences to take the game home safely, which would not be an easy thing to do.
The results have proven that Eastern Stars are there not just to make up the numbers but are eager and determined to claim the title and represent the country at the international arena.
Eastern Stars, who have proven to serious contenders for this season will rely on their inform striker and former PNG Kapuls player Tau Winnie to score more goals and to lead the way for the team upfront.
This year’s NSL competition finals will see two teams qualify in each regions, NGI, Northern, Southern and Highlands with the grand final scheduled to be played in Port Moresby.
Hekari United will take on West Tribe of the NGI conference, who finished second while Eastern Stars will play AROB FC in the first stage of the finals playoffs.
The Highlands conference has concluded its games last weekend with Kagua Erave FC and Blue Kumuls securing the tickets to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Winners of the northern conference will take on winners from the highlands conference.