VETERAN striker Abinesh Salesh Samy will miss Rakiraki's Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League premier division clash against Vatukoula on Sunday.
Samy, the former Lautoka rep, was roped in by Rakiraki last year to boost their strike force.
A recipient of the Fiji Football Association player of the year award in 2002, Samy is eyeing a return to the Sugar City with the new transfer window opening this weekend.
Rakiraki Football Association president Shaneel Gounder said they had faced a lot of difficulties in the lead-up to the competition.
Gounder said adverse weather conditions and the unavailability of a proper training facility had been their biggest drawbacks.
"We will go into the match without any formal training sessions," he said.
"Our squad this year is made up of many youngsters who are attending tertiary schools. They have not trained together because they are based in Lautoka, Nadi and Suva.
"We requested them to do their own training and, hopefully, they will travel to Rakiraki to make up the numbers for the opening match."
The Rakiraki team is sponsored by Haroon's Hardware.
Rakiraki has retained experienced players such as Ratu Esori Gaunavinaka, Jale Vota, Asaeli Cobuta and Amini Nimilote.
Gounder said the new home and away format adopted by the Fiji Football Association would generate more interest in the competition.
"However, the teams will need money to cover the costs involved because there will be a lot of travelling," he said.
"Without sponsors, teams will not be able survive."
The Rakiraki-Vatukoula match kicks off at 3pm at the Penang Sangam School ground.