SAVUSAVU is struggling to put a formidable side together for the 2012 Fiji Football Association promotion/relegation series against Tailevu Naitasiri this Sunday at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.
The northern minnows were in jovial mood earlier after the protest win over Nadroga, which saw Tavua in danger of relegation.
The goldminers sunk to the bottom of the National Football League points table after Fiji FA denied their protest against Navua.
Savusavu's celebration was short-lived after Tavua appealed the protest decision by Fiji FA, which resulted in their favour.
Savusavu, which succumbed to the bottom place again following the ruling, had to face premier champions Tailevu Naitasiri in the two-match series.
Savusavu Football president Gopendra Narayan said they hadbeen struggling to get all their players together to train daily for the series.
However, he said senior players Thomas Vulivuli, Akuila Bulewa, Marika Serukalou, Pene Erenio and Zahid Hussein had joined the team.
He said their Labasa-based players were doing their individual training and would join the team today.
"We have faced a tough time getting the players together. It was hard to get everyone back after IDC but we have managed to get most of them with only a couple yet to join the team," Narayan said.
"We know Tailevu Naitasiri won't be an easy match and we will try our best to beat them in Nausori despite the lack of preparation."
The match will kick-off at 3pm.