Ajax Cape Town striker Wilfred Mugeyi is bitter about the red card he was awarded during last weekends clash with Orlando Pirates because it comes at such an important part of the season.
The burly Zimbabwean was given his marching orders for alleged time wasting at the Johannesburg Stadium, his second bookable offence.
"What really bothers me is that when I got the second card the ref said that I was delaying the game. Why would I do that? I was not afraid of Pirates and neither were my teammates, only a team which is afraid is the one which tries to cheat," Mugeyi told SASoccer365.com on Wednesday.
"But in as much as I can protest my innocence about the second yellow card, there is not much I can do about it, he added philosophically.
The 34-year-old Silver Fox does however rue the fact that the card has come at such a crucial stage of the Urban Warriors season.
"The suspension comes when we are facing two of our toughest matches, he said. We have Moroka Swallows on Wednesday and over the weekend we play Sundowns, both matches important to our chances of winning the league.
"The suspension is not only about me not playing but is about the whole team. I feel I have let my teammates down, we have a number of players who are injured and the suspension is not very good for the team."
What also rankles with Mugeyi is the fact that he will not be able to justify his place in the Zimbabwe national team for the African Nations Cup.
This after many of his compatriots greeted his inclusion in Sunday Marimos squad with cynicism as the veteran has not featured for the national team since 2000.
"I have not played for my national team in about three years and some people have been saying that I am too old to play in the national side, he said. I wanted to prove to them why Gordon (Igesund) has faith in me, and so to why my national coach feel the same."