Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has given a detailed explanation on the absence of talisman Khama Billiat as more questions arose after the Zimbabwean did not feature in their win over Black Leopards last night.
Billiat is wanted by his former club Mamelodi Sundowns, as reported by the Siya crew last month, and the Amakhosi coach has been putting out fires since, as well as insisting that the player was not for sale.
The fact that the attacker has not played for Chiefs so far this season – sitting out their league opener away to Highlands Park last week and then being omitted again last night – has further fueled the speculation.
Middendorp has been a little annoyed, but last night he gave journalists a detailed explanation why Billiat did not play against Leopards.
“This is certainly of interest to the nation. But Khama Billiat – and let me try to simplify it. The chairman (Kaizer Motaung), the football manager (Bobby Motaung), the marketing team and the technical team – everybody – knows exactly what is happening,” the coach said.
“Khama came back from Afcon and we have seen there is an issue with this left knee. He joined us on July 15 and stayed for four days in camp. Then we travelled to Botswana and he didn’t go with us. I would not have played him in the Carling Black Label Cup, but we said it’s fine because he was voted and we had to honour that. But immediately after he was in pain and it was an issue. So we decided as a team, advised by the medical team, and he got a scan and the results showed us that he had some bruises on his left knee and we had to be careful with it. This means we had to manage him for three weeks and our next game is on August 24 and he will be available then. I have repeated myself and now I am giving more details. I can assure you that the player is fully aware of this and everybody at the club knows how we are managing this situation.”
The transfer window closes at the end of August.