FINANCE PACIFIC Suva will be missing several of their key players from last year's IDC winning team.
And while the Whites had hoped seasoned defenders Samuela Vula and Joshua Wilson would join the squad but they opted out.
Vula, who was initially suspened, told Times Sport that he was focused on his work and family.
"I might play later on but not just yet," Vula said a week ago.
"There was so much going on and I decided to take a break. I feel much better, stress free and have been having more time for work and family and would love to keep it this way for some time."
Vula and Vanuatu-based Samuela Kautoga were the key to Suva's victory last year in Ba. They were rock solid at central defence with Simione Maikali, who has since moved to Navua, sweeping behind them. Kautoga was often used in midfield as well.
The Whites beat Ba twice in the final last season — in the Fiji FACT and the IDC with Nigerian Sanni Issa, who is no longer in the country.
The defending champions have prepared well having shifted camp to the West well in advance.
Suva coach Gurjit Singh wants his players to acclimatise to the western heat.
They will be the best prepared southern side having spent close to two weeks in the West.