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Nikao, Matavera gear up for tough clash

The showdown between Nikao Sokattak and Matavera will be cranked up a notch this afternoon as Alex Napa prepares to face Allan Taylor in another ‘must-win’ match of the Van’s premier men’s competition.

The last time the pair clashed in Matavera, the Napa coached-side struggled to put away a thrashing effort against their hosts, and saw the match end in a 1-1 draw.

Taylor would love nothing more than to put a dent in the Nikaos’ title charge and improve their sixth sitting on the table. Napa, meanwhile, will be desperate to beat Matavera and better their chances of finishing the season on second.

Nikao have the upper-hand with home-ground advantage, but there’s no rational reason to predict a win for the side – they’re fast and quick with the ball- but football doesn’t work with reason.

Napa will have to deliver a team talk get the best out of his players today.

Matavera having failed to overcome bottom seed Titikaveka in their last game, it is imperative they don’t lose here and it may see the side employ a safety-first approach against Nikao.

Today’s showdown will be a test of wit and strategy which will make for some massive football action in this weekend’s fixtures.

With the Knockouts just around the corner, all teams will be desperate to win the final feat of their Round Cup campaign.

The Nikao Sokattak vs. Matavera match is scheduled to kick off at 4:00pm.

– CIFA Media

Fixtures:

Saturday,19/11/16 Puaikura FC vs Avatiu FC at Raemaru Park –12.30pm Under 14 Girls Ref: Amnish Prasad, Assist: Mata Iroa, Graham Viking. 1.30pm- Under 14 Boys Ref: Noel Mani, Assist: Ngametua Taringa, Graham Viking. 2.30pm- Senior Women Ref: Mata Iroa, Assist: Lai Gukisuva, Ngametua Taringa. 4.00pm- Premier Men Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Amnish Prasad, Noel Mani

Nikao Sokattak FC vs Matavera FC at the Nikao field- 2.00pm Under 14 Girls Ref: Kimiora Makitae      Assist: Amene Urirau, Warren Ngamata, 3.00pm- Under 14 Boys Ref: Kimiora Makitae, Assist: Amene Urirau, Warren Ngamata, 4.00pm- Premier Men Ref: Tupou Patia, Assist: Robert Savage, Maara Kaukura

 

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