Why Billiat Missed Chiefs’ Win…
Khama Billiat was the biggest name missing from Ernst Middendorp’s squad as Kaizer Chiefs picked up three points this weekend, and the club have revealed why he was absent…
A brace from Lebogang Manyama and a late Erick Mathoho winner secured the Amakhosi’s first opening day win since the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season, and the three points against Highlands Park means that they have brought to an end a run of seven games in all competitions without a win.
Billiat, who has been linked with what would be a spectacular move to Mamelodi Sundowns, was left out of the side completely as Chiefs went into battle in Makhulong, a move that has no doubt fuelled the fires of speculation as we go into the final month of the transfer window.
Middendorp will have been delighted to win the game even with last season’s top scorer missing, with the club aware of the fact that the last time they won their opening league game was the last time they won the Absa Premiership.
Aside from Billiat, Chiefs also had Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Yagan Sasman out of action, while Shaun Bartlett was not on the bench for the clash with the Lions of the North.
On their official website yesterday, the club explained Billiat’s absence by saying, “Khama Billiat will not take part in this afternoon’s match as he is on a precautionary injury break after last week’s Carling Black Label Cup. He is expected to return soon.”
Meanwhile, regarding the other three members of the playing/coaching personnel that missed out over the weekend, the club stated, “Assistant coach Shaun Bartlett will watch from the stands as he is still serving his suspension but is expected back on the bench for the next game…
“Amakhosi’s duo of Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and newly signed Yagan Sasman will not play a part in this match due to bookings the picked up last season.”
Next up for Chiefs is a clash with Black Leopards this weekend when Middendorp will have more players to select from as he looks to make it back-to-back wins in the top-flight for the first time since March.