Billiat Charms Baxter Ahead of MTN-8 Quarter Final Fixture


By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs’ recently appointed head coach, Staurt Baxter praised Warriors attacking midfielder Khama Billiat’s performance in training ahead of the MTN-8 quarter final match.


Baxter reaveled this during a media press conference ahead of Sunday’s much anticipated cup game.


The blockbuster will see this year’s CAF Champions League runners-up, Kaizer Chiefs, play against former African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.


Speaking during the presser, Baxter applauded the highly-rated Billiat and said the talented player was showing signs of brilliance during training.


“Khama is excellently doing well in training.

“He is looking sharp and enthusiastic.

“Billiat is probably a better all-rounder player than I thought he would be, but that’s what happens when you work with players, you get to know them better,” Baxter told the South African media.



The 30-year-old, former Sundowns player was substituted owing to an injury when Amakhosi recently beat Orlando Pirates on penalties in the Carling Black Label Cup.

However, the Chiefs gaffer assured that Billiat was available to face his former paymasters, its only subject to selection.

Meanwhile, the new development comes as a huge boost and great news to the ears of Warriors headcoach Zdravko Logarusic.
Loga is in his native country Croatia but reports indicate that the coach is busy assembling his troops in preparation of the opening match for the upcoming World Cup (WC) qualifier game against South Africa.


The qualifiers are slated for September and Zimbabwe will host neighbours Bafana Bafana at National Sports Stadium before travelling away to Ethiopia in a space of four days’ time.

Nonetheless, Billiat’s availability and earning game time at his club comes as a
blessing in disguise to Loga.


The player missed out on the Warriors’ last two games in November, during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier matches against Botswana away and Zambia at home.


Robert Tapfumaneyi


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