Chepita is back, and raring to score


BY RONNIE OH

PENANG: A freak motor-cycle accident has haunted Zambian striker Phillimon Chepita for the last two weeks. 

The 22 year-old, who crashed while riding a friend's motor-cycle two weeks ago, has not been his usual self since then and admitted yesterday that he had been gravely shakened by the accident. 

But the flesh wound has now healed and his confidence has been restored. And the Zambian is looking to end his goal drought when Perlis host Johor FC in a Premier I clash at the Stadium Utama in Kangar tonight. 

“It was a bad experience as I was confused and could not muster my scoring abilities,” Chepita said in a telephone interview from Kangar yesterday. 

“I was so worried and concerned about my injuries. I had an open flesh wound as well as a swollen toe and that affected my game. 

“Now, the wound has healed and there's no pain in my toe, so I can start playing normally again.” 

Chepita's recovery is bad news for struggling Johor FC but music to the ears of his coach Norizan Bakar, Before his accident, the Zambian was one of the biggest revelations of the season, scoring four league goals and one in the FA Cup. 

Chepita, however, was quick to add that he was not a one-man team. 

“What I will need is the strong support of my teammates, including that of my striking partner (Kelvin Musungu),” said Chepita. 

“Johor FC have just had their first win of the season and would want more. So, we must be prepared to work even harder together to regain that winning touch.” 

Johor FC had in their last outing on Wednesday, defeated Malacca Telekom 2-0 an FA Cup clash second-round, first-leg match at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.  

Perlis have drawn and lost their last two matches. Earlier, they won their opening two matches in February. 

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