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Hekari United FC players in high demand
4:06 pm GMT+12, 11/05/2010, Papua New Guinea

 Five Hekari United players have secured contracts in Fiji and Australia in the remaining of 2010 soccer season.

Former Fiji champions, Navua, have picked up PNG striker Kema Jack and Solomon Islands duo Henry Fa’arodo and Alick Maemae, while David Muta and Joachim Waroi are likely to join Sunshine Coast Football FC in the Queensland State League competition.

According to Fijivillage.com website, Navua are eyeing three players who can help them defend the Fiji Fact title this season.

Hekari players have been in high demand lately after their success in the O-League where they became the first-ever team from the Pacific Islands to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The trio could feature for Navua in the Fijian season.

Kema and his two teammates, Fa’arodo and Maemae will team up with former Hekari striker Ratu Veresa Toma, who had a brief stint with Hekari United FC before returning to Fiji along with Lorima Dau, who has migrated to Lautoka while Solomon Islanders Jack Witney, who is part New Ireland, and Joe Lui will add some class to the team.

They are expected to join the Navua-based team few days before the start of the tournament if they get clearance from PNG Football Association,

Navua Soccer president Anil Sharma said they were in talks with Hekari United Club.

Hekari franchise owner John Kapi Natto confirmed that apart from the three players moving to Fiji, Muta and Waroi were likely to join Sunshine Coast FC to boost their campaign this year.

Muta along with Jack had a stint with Sunshine Coast last season but could not return to QSL due to immigration problems.

Kapi Natto confirmed that there were negotiations going on for the players.

“In fact, the boys need match fitness and competition until December,” he said.

“OFC also wants us to play some friendlies against New Zealand and Australian teams before the Abu Dhabi trip which is good for the club,” he said


SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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