DEFENDING champions Drasa Secondary School has been drawn in the pool of death for the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Football Championships.
Drasa is in pool B with last year's finalist Saraswati College, Ba champions Kamil College, Naleba College and Nawai Secondary in the U19 grade.
The tournament will take place at Govind Park in Ba from August 14-17 and competition will be played in the U15, U17 and U19 grades.
Secondary Schools Football Association president Aminesh Ram said Drasa would need to prepare well if they wanted to defend their title.
"They are in a very tough pool and it would be interesting to see which teams from Pool B make it through to the next round," he said.
"The other pools are quite tough as well and we are expecting very tough competition between all the teams."
Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji yesterday handed over a cheque for $30,000 for the tournament.
Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Sanjeewa Perera said they wanted to help improve the stature of football at grassroots level in the country.
"The Secondary School Championship has grown in stature since its inception in 1957 with the many schools entering the competition," he said.
"This year we will witness a total of 28 teams take part in the boy's Under 19, 17 and 15 divisions and four schools competing in the girls division as they clash for the title."
Pool A: Vunimoli Islamia College, Penang Sangam, Tilak High, Sigatoka Methodist, Tailevu North College
Pool B: Naleba College, Kamil Muslim, Drasa Secondary, Nawai Secondary, Saraswati College
Pool C: Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Balata High, Sigatoka Andhra, Gospel High, Vashist Muni
Pool D: Labasa Muslim, Nukuloa College, Nadi College, Baulevu High, Nabua Secondary