FITNESS is a main concern for the Suva soccer side as they prepare for the first round of the National Football League.
The Fiji Sun/ GP Batteries-sponsored competition kicks off on January 12 and the official opening will be held at Labasa's Subrail Park where Suva will face Savusavu.
Training resumed on Thursday and Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said the main area of concern for them was fitness.
"Fitness is still lacking. The players lost a lot of fitness during the festive season," he said.
"That is something we will have to work on because the league competition involves 90-minute soccer and unfit players will not be able to handle the pressure."
He said it would take a few games to get the desired level of fitness in the players.
"Fitness cannot be improved within three or four days. You need weeks so I think a few more weeks of training and a few rounds of games will get the fitness of the players up to par with what is required for 90 minutes soccer."
Singh hopes all players would turn up for training from today as only five days remain for the start of the competition.
"Player turnout was poor on Thursday and Friday but it picked up today (Saturday) and I just hope we have full turnout for the whole of next (this) week.
"We are playing two 90-minute games just 24 hours apart so it is important for all players to attend training and learn our game plan and combinations," he said.
Suva faces Savusavu on Saturday and then hosts Labasa on Sunday.
In other NFL games this Saturday, Tavua faces Rewa and Ba takes on Nadroga at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka while Labasa hosts Nadi.
On Sunday, Savusavu plays Nadi at Subrail Park while Lautoka hosts Ba at Churchill Park.