Chicken Inn captain Hebert Dick is disappointed to be sitting out Sunday’s Premiership derby against league leaders Highlanders due to suspension.
The tough-tackling Dick is serving a two-match suspension after he was shown the red-card in the 36th minute for a professional foul on former Polish Legia Warsaw teammate Takesure Chinyama during his side’s 3-1 loss to Dynamos.
Dick spoke to NewsDay Sport about his frustrations before Chicken Inn’s training session at White City Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The fastfood outlet team skipper, who joined Bosso soon after his return from Poland in 2008 before moving to Bantu Rovers and later Chicken Inn, said: “I wish I was playing on Sunday. I am deeply disappointed for not being part of the game. I actually feel like I have let down my team.
“I can miss all the other matches but I don’t want to miss any game when we play big clubs like Highlanders, Dynamos, Caps United or FC Platinum. I feel so bad,” Dick said.
However, Dick said the red card he earned for pulling down Chinyama was justified on the day, although it was not his intention.
“I pulled him from behind when he was goal bound and it was a second bookable offence so I had to leave the pitch. But I just wish I could have been part of the game on Sunday,” Dick said.
In his absence, vice-captain Felix Chindungwe is likely to partner utility player Moses Jackson in central defence with coach Adam Ndlovu thrusting former Highlanders and FC Platinum wing-back Brighton Dube and Brian Mbiriri on the wings.
Resurgent Highlanders will also be without defender Eric Mudzingwa on Sunday. He has accumulated three yellow cards and will serve a one-match suspension.
Mudzingwa was shown the yellow card when Bosso were held to a 1-1 draw by Mutare-based army side Buffaloes on April 22 at Sakubva Stadium.
He picked up another yellow card when Highlanders beat police side Black Mambas 3-1 at Morris Depot on May 5 and was also cautioned in the 3-0 routing of Monomotapa at Barbourfields on May 13.
Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu might have to juggle with either Dumisani “Fazo” Ndlovu or Tendai Ndlovu to partner captain Innocent Mapuranga in central defence.
Bruce Kangwa has settled in well as left-back with the right-back inter changing from game to game between Bruce Tshuma and Atlast Musasa.
Meanwhile, Chicken Inn forged a partnership with Edgars Stores which saw the leading clothing retailer present the team with T-shirts worth $1 500.
Davies Gwemende, Edgars and Jet chains administrator said the clothing concern will supply the team with training and travelling kits in the future.
Gwemende said the partnership will be reviewed and they were looking forward to seeing the relationship getting bigger.