PSL leaders Chicken Inn will be missing suspended captain and star midfielder Danny Phiri on Saturday when they resume their title push by hosting ZPC Kariba at Luveve Stadium.Phiri accumulated three yellow cards and will serve a one-match suspension.
The Bulawayo side are four points clear at the top of the PSL long and would be seeking three points as they try to stay clear of charging second-placed Dynamos who face FC Platinum on the same afternoon.
Phiri has been instrumental in Chicken Inna��s title race, coming in with crucial goals in the process. The defensive linkman lasted 90 minutes when the Warriors drew 1-1 with Guinea in last weekenda��s 2017 Afcon qualifier at Rufaro Stadium.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas said they will miss Phiri but will try to adjust and suit his absence.
a�?Danny is an inspirational captain and you always want to have him in the team so definitely I will miss him. But in football you always have to be prepared for such situations and we have to stomach his absence,a�? Antipas said.
a�?We will have to set our team in a way to suit Dannya��s absence. We do not want to play a game where our shortcomings would be due to his unavailability. I believe we have other guys who can do well in his place. We also have to consider we are playing a team that is eager to stay safe in the league.a�?
Passmore Bernard who this season has sometimes been deployed as a center back, is likely to stand in for Phiri while Ben Nyahunzvi and Moses Jackson will partner in central defence where they have Guide Goddard as their cover.
Chicken Inn face ZPC Kariba who won their first league match under Sunday Chidzambwa after six attempts. a�� supersport.com