SUVA soccer coach Gurjeet Singh is not happy with the way their preparations are going ahead of the first leg of the Champion versus Champion series this weekend.
Singh, who led the capital side to victories in the Fiji FACT and Inter-District Championship this year, said poor turnout at training sessions was the main reason for his disappoinment.
Suva will face Ba in the first leg of the Pillay's Garments-sponsored series on Sunday at Lautoka's Churchill Park.
"Our preparations for the CVC is not that good," Singh told Times Sport yesterday.
"A lot of senior players are not training with us at the moment and the team that I have now is not the same as the one I had for the IDC," he said.
He said he would use the players he had and try and draw the first game.
"Our Solomon Islands players have gone back to their home country as the University of the South Pacific is on a break at the moment.
"Joseph Mishra and Samuela Drudru have applied for release to join Labasa and Nathan Shivam is injured.
"For Simione Maikali, it is understandable because his father passed away."
Singh said another area in which Ba would have an upper hand over Suva was the build-up towards the CVC.
"Ba has a big advantage because they have been playing regularly, for example the Pacific Cup in New Zealand and they had some good opponents and their build-up was really good.
"As for us, we have not played as a team since the IDC and so that will be a really big disadvantage for us.
He said one good thing they could look forward to was the arrival of Jonas Naceva and Ravinesh Karan Singh from Tailevu Naitasiri.
The match kicks off at 4pm.
The second series match will be played next Sunday in Ba.