Expectations are high for the host and they are almost certain that they have a real opportunity to ultimately make it to the finals.
The key to their success will be maintaining possession against a formidable Nikao Sokattak.
Coach Tave Tereapii can expect few surprises when the two teams clash in their second encounter this football season.
He knows the importance of defending well, not allowing Nikao Sokattak’s talented ball-players any time or space to create any trouble.
Sitting on fourth spot in the 2017 Rarotonga football competition, Nikao Sokattak have plenty of talent in their starting lineup as well as on the bench who continue to step up and perform along with the rest of their teammates when given game time. The visitors have proved quite lethal in their combination when it gains momentum and are given space to play.
Coach Tahiri Elikana will be hoping his team stays calm throughout the entire 90 minutes to lift themselves in the top four race.
Their fourth spot in the points table is being hotly contested by Titikaveka and Matavera who are looking to dethrone them in their bid to make the semi-finals.
A win is vital for both teams after they settled for a hard fought 1-1 draw in their first match. A big crowd is anticipated in this feature clash of the round which promises to be a tight affair.
- CIFA Media
Raemaru Park, Arorangi: Puaikura FC-Avatiu FC – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Emilie Pierce, Assist: Dora Iripa, Pierce Iripa), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Pierce Iripa, Amnish Prasad), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Kimiora Makitae, Assist: Dora Iripa, Emilie Pierce), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Amnish Prasad, Kimiora Makitae); Takuvaine FC-Nikao Sokattak FC – 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Noel Mani, Assist: Maara Kaukura, Tupou Patia), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Moeroa Harmon, Geneva Miles), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: Tupou Patia, Assist: Noel Mani, Maara Kaukura)