KANGAR: Zambian striker Phillimon Chepita feels that he has let Perlis down for not being able to see action against Sabah in a Premier I match at the Stadium Utama here on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old Chepita had to sit out the match because of the injury which he suffered in trying to ride a motorcycle.
After a light morning workout on match day, he went on a teammate's bike and accidentally turned up the throttle when he tried to stop the machine. He crashed and badly bruised his right arm and shoulder.
With Chepita out, Perlis lost bite in attack and settled for a goalless draw.
“It was a very unfortunate accident and I am very disappointed that I have let the team down,” said Chepita, who is the league's leading scorer with four goals.
“I know that everyone, including our coach (Norizan Bakar), was looking forward to me helping the team get our third successive league win. For that I want to say sorry to him (Norizan).”
But Norizan is taking the draw all in his strides.
“I disagree that Chepita's absence caused it (the draw). In terms of commitment, everyone played his heart out. We created the chances but our biggest problem was converting them.”
Norizan added that the injuries suffered by Chepita were not serious and the striker should be in the starting line-up against Perak.
“I did not field him against Sabah because I felt that he was mentally not up to it after the accident,” he said.