State league: Vikings debut for Shaya Almousa

VIKINGS coach Michael Busija will today gift Shaya Almousa his first start of the season in the Vikings' trip to Bell Park.

Almousa, who was recruited from the Ballarat Red Devils, has come on as a substitute in the first two rounds of the Football Federation Victoria state league four season, but will be part of the starting 11 this afternoon.

"He's done well when he's come off the bench and shown some class," Busija said.

Today shapes as a real must-win encounter for the Vikings, which are without a point from the opening two rounds of the campaign.

A 1-0 loss to Melton Phoenix and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hoppers Crossing leaves the Vikings ninth on the table, but Busija says a win is not far away after promising performances in both fixtures.

Following this afternoon's match, the Vikings have a week off for Easter before a round four clash with Maribyrnong Greens.