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Breaking News: Khama Billiat Quits International Football

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By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Highly-rated Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Khama Billiat has officially confirmed his retirement from international football.
The 31-year-old player took to his social media pages to surprisingly announce his retirement from the Warriors fold.
Billiat captained the Warriors squad in their last match against Ethiopia Sunday during a World Cup qualifier at the giant National Sports Stadium.
The talented former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder hangs his boots for the Zimbabwe men’s senior national team, exactly nine years since he made his debut.
Gaucho as he is famously known, first played for the Warriors when Zimbabwe played Mali in a Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in 2011.

 

 

Fellow Zimbabweans

 

It was all a dream. When I was young, I always dreamt of representing the country, playing for the national team.

 

 

 

 

The dream which seemed far-fetched for a young Khama in Mufakose came when I least expected it. The first day I donned the Warriors badge, I vowed to enjoy myself and always lift the country’s spirits.

 

 

 

Scoring a goal at the Africa Cup of Nations finals is one moment I still relive in my mind even up to date. It is one of the many special moments I have experienced wearing the coveted yellow jersey.

 

 

 

The feeling of scoring in a packed stadium for your nation is inexplicable. I have met so many teammates, coaches at the national team and I appreciate every relationship I have built along the way.

 

 

 

By playing for the Warriors, I have improved immensely as a player it is an opportunity I will forever cherish.

 

 

 

 

However, every story no matter how beautiful has an ending. This is probably the heaviest decision I have ever had to take in my life, but it is a decision I make with a patriotic heart. Like those who had to pave way for our generation of Warriors stars to emerge, I have decided to retire from international football.

 

 

 

I believe it is now time for me to pave way for new talent to blossom and serve the country in the same way that I did, or even better.

 

 

 

I will forever be indebted to those who took a chance on me and moulded me into the international player I grew to become. Thank you Zimbabwe for supporting me and my teammates, for showing love with each outing.

 

 

God bless you.
Khama Billiat

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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