FIJI Secondary Schools soccer under-19 champion Drasa Secondary School anticipates a tough challenge in their campaign to defend their title at Ba's Govind Park today.
The side faces Naleba in their first pool game before battling against Ba giant Kamil College in their do or die game later in the afternoon.
School principal Parnesh Naidu said the side had prepared well for the tournament and was ready to defend their crown.
He said the team had been drawn in the pool of death but was confident of a good outing from his troops.
"All teams in our pool are winners from their respective zones," said Naidu.
"Defending the title will be very challenging and we expect tough games from all our pool games.
"But I am confident our boys are ready for the challenge and I am expecting a good outing this weekend."
Naidu said the side would be spearheaded by Fiji under 20 reps Antonio Tuivuna and Ravneet Chand.
"We may lack in experience but we are banking on our fitness and team combination to take us through," he said.
"We also have few new players such as Livai Senibuli and Etuate Tobua who are expected to stamp their mark in the competition.
"We are treating all games as they come and we will treat all games as our final."
The side is pooled with last year's finalist Nausori's Saraswati College, Nawai Secondary of Nadi, Kamil College and Naleba Secondary School of Vanua Levu.
The final will be held on Sunday.
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.