A DEPLETED Navua side will be looking for inspiration from its recent colourful performances in the National Football League (NFL) competition to down Lautoka at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today.
The southern minnows has been on the rise lately after big wins over Tavua and Nadroga but faced setback following injuries in the squad and administration reshuffle.
The team enters today's game under the guidance of team director Faud Ali as the Navua Football Association is run at the moment by an interim administration headed by life member Ravi Chand following the resignation of former president Gopal Naidu prior to the Reds 5-2 win over Nadroga last week.
Navua coach Manoj Kumar said some key players were in doubt for the clash against the sugar city side.
"There are several injury worries with midfielder Rajnesh Raju and right-back Iliesa Lino, who suffered a fractured rib against Nadroga both out for some time," he said.
"We will be examining a few other key players later this evening (yesterday) before naming our team."
Kumar said Lautoka would be a tough side especially with the calibre in its coaching staff of Sam Work, Johnny Williams, Jeremaiah Ladawa and Upendra Choy.
"I grew up idolising them and most of my players weren't even born when these guys were stars in the 80s," the former Navua goalkeeper said.
"So it's a huge challenge for me and my team to overcome a team put together by these Blues mentors who have been there and done that.
"They also have some quality players like Nawatu, the best marksman in Fiji when he is on song, and Zibraaz Saheb, a player with exception skills and ability, a hugely gifted playmaker."
Navua takes on Lautoka at 1pm followed by Nadroga versus Rewa clash at 3pm.