how do i remove the small shift cable on my manual transmission on 2000 Honda Accord

manual transmission on my lx has a bent end on the shift cable on the linkage to the tranny.trying to remove it for repair or replacement i am having trouble with the plastic twist lock thing holding the left cable to the sift lever/cable bracket inside the cab. i try to twist it counterclockwise and slide it through the opening on the side, but it wont budge. its removed from the lever. any tips so i dont break the finger tabs trying?

Asked by for the 2000 Honda Accord
Just break it and replace it with a new cable.