NADROGA football has been fined and have had points stripped while lightweights Tavua and Savusavu have been urged to up their game entering the second half of the National Football League.
Fiji FA vice-president and National League Board chairman Sheik Ibrahim said he would love to see teams like Tavua and Savusavu, who occupy the bottom two places in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries-sponsored super premier league table, make use of the two-week break and the new transfer window that opens on April 1.
"They have to get serious about the situation they find themselves in," he said. "Over the last few months Tavua (3 points) and Savusavu (2 points) have barely shown an improvement and if they stay that way, they will be in big trouble given that two teams will drop down after this season's competition."
Ibrahim said one way the minnows could get better was by making a few changes to their squad.
"It will be good if they can make use of the transfer window and get some impact players. Otherwise, they could make good use of the two-week break to get in shape and map out a strategy to bail themelves out of the bottom two places."
Nadroga in eighth position is not out of the danger zone yet although they are far more comfortable with a five point cushion over ninth place Tavua following their 2-0 win over them two weeks ago.
However, their under-21 team has had three points stripped after they were found guilty of fielding two ineligible players in their 5-0 win over the Tavua under-21 side.
Amitesh Pal, secretary of the NLB, told FFA media that Nadroga FA was fined $150 and $50 each for using the ineligible players.
"Upon going through the referee's report of the Fiji Sun GP Batteries U21 National Football League match between Nadroga U21 and Tavua U21 played at Lawaqa Park on March 10, 2013 it was discovered that four unregistered players were part of the Nadroga side of which two took to the field," Pal said.
The four players are Shavneel Jeet Singh, Subendra Sailosi Kumar, Ulaiasi Nawua (did not play) and Divneel Kumar (did not play).
"Despite circulating the update list before the match, Nadroga still fielded unregistered players which were not on their updated registration list circulated prior to the match."