By Jeremy Mogi – EM TV, Port Moresby
Oro Football Club Assistant coach Robert Sabadi says his club is primed for a better performance in the new season of the National Soccer League.
With the club finishing off in fourth place in its debut season, and making it as far as the semi-finals, the belief is that the 2015 version will see Oro even better.
For the past five weeks, the NSL club along with other rivals in the competition has been preparing. And while it is early days yet, Sabadi believes that with a small change in playing personnel as well as their coaching staff, their team is ready for next year’s season.
Last season had seen the club concede goals easily and with the only experience up front being veteran captain Gari Moka, had struggled to make good impressions up front.
They have lost the services of forward Absalom Niso who, according to speculation could join Manusian side, Admiralty, but have retained young Sammy Poesi, who was on the Hekari Radar.
Another pair of veterans, who will assist in a more technical role, include former PNG internationals Ben Kaia (goal keeper) and Trevor Ire, the latter who was associated with the Eastern Stars set-up, who will not be taking part in this year’s NSL.
The season is set to kick off in January, although no announcement has come forth from either the NSL management or PNGFA and while these are concerns that may affect the club, Sabadi says his team is focused.