Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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13 Sep 2019
10:30 am

‘Injured’ Billiat explains participating in Warriors game

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat has revealed how he was included in Zimbabwe’s second leg game against Somalia.

Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe star Khama Billiat AFP/KHALED DESOUKI

Billiat was ruled out of the first leg after he sustained an injury before the international break during a league game against Cape Town City. The 29-year-old made a surprise return to the Warriors starting XI in the second leg.

Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp questioned how Billiat was able to play for Zimbabwe after he told Chiefs he was struggling with a pelvic injury at the start of the international break.

“I wish to thank the club for acceding to the call-up,” Billiat told reporters in Zimbabwe.

“As you know I was nursing an injury, but the club and the national team management agreed to my release. We thought the match would provide a good platform to test my recovery.

“After all, it was a team effort and I am glad I contributed. Nothing comes close to representing the nation, especially if you consider the situation we found ourselves in.

“I feel great,” he said. “I just did my regeneration this morning, and I am ready to play a role against City. I am looking forward to it,” said Billiat when asked about Chiefs’ next game against Polokwane City.

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