THE Nasinu team will not travel to the North to play Dreketi in the second Premier Division final league decider after the first match ended 1-all in Suva.
Nasinu FA president Dhani Chand said they had written to the Fiji FA requesting the fixture be moved to next week and be played around midday in Labasa.
"Many of the players are getting difficulties in obtaining their leave as many took time off during BOG and then two days last week (Thursday/Friday) as we were supposed to play two matches with Dreketi in Suva," Chand said.
"Even though we were supposed to play at ANZ Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, upon Fiji FA's request we played on Friday at a different venue to help the Dreketi team as they had their travel plans."
Chand, however, said it was surprising that their request was not being met by the hosts of the second game.
He said with 80 per cent of his players working, the only way out for them was to travel on Saturday, play at around 11am at Subrail Park and return same day.
"If we go by boat, we leave on Friday and come back on Monday and this is not possible as my players won't be given leave from work," Chand said.
"That's why we were planning for next week so we could raise funds for airfares, go play and return the same day." He said plane ticket costs came up to $5000.
National League Board secretary Amitesh Lal, in an email to the NFA, has made it clear that the match remains scheduled for Saturday.
"After consulting with Sheik Ibrahim, chairman of the National League Board on your request, it was decided that the match between Dreketi/Nasinu will be played as it is at 2pm (this) Saturday at Muanidevo Bhartiya School in Dreketi," Lal said.
"We are not in a position to postpone any games as we are running against time to start the new season later this month.
"According to the chairman, you were given two weeks to prepare after first match against Dreketi on 23/08/13 and there should not be a problem.
"If Super Premier teams can go and play in the North and return in a weekend then why can't Nasinu."
Should Nasinu default the match, Dreketi will be declared premier champions and the NFA fined $5000.