SUVA soccer coach Gurjeet Singh said the 0-4 humiliation at the hands of Ba in the National Football League on Sunday was a wakeup call for his side ahead of the Courts Inter District Competition next month.
The Capital City team failed to spark in what was dubbed as the feature match of the competition.
The southerners were outclassed in all facets of the game and have a lot of work ahead to rebuild for the IDC. Singh said it was back to the drawing board for them.
He said while the NFL title race went down to the wire, the result against Ba wasn't expected.
"It was a good thing that the teams fought until the end for the NFL title and this has been after sometime," Singh said.
"But the result is a big lesson for us. The IDC is coming nearer. We have learnt a lot from this match. Our players will really have to work hard for the IDC.
"Ba was a well-drilled team. They played very well while simply we did not. We could not control the ball and we could not make the passes. The strikers were way off their game. If you don't score then you don't win games."
Suva is grouped in Pool Two of the IDC together with Ba, Nadi, Rewa and Savusavu. Pool One includes defending champion Labasa, Navua, Tavua, Nadroga and Lautoka.
The IDC will be played at Govind Park in Ba from October 10-14.