Billiat lauds brilliant Chiefs defence


Having conceded four goals less than they did at this stage last season, Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat has credited the team’s defence for the team’s good form this season.

Amakhosi are front runners for the Absa Premiership title leading the pack with 25 points from 10 games.

At this stage last season Amakhosi had won 3 from 10 matches scoring 13 goals, but their impressive run this season has seen the Soweto giants collecting maximum points in 8 of their 10 matches, scoring 16 goals.

Billiat who has had a decent start to the season himself with 1 goal and 2 assists says the players understand coach Ernst Middendorp better now than they did last season.

Mulomowandau Mathoho has been one of Chiefs’ standout performers in defence this season.

“I really need to give credit to our defence line; our organisation is something that we have mastered very well. We don’t concede as we used to, and we don’t concede easy goals as we used to,” said Billiat ahead of their Soweto Derby clash against Orlando Pirates.

Chiefs have kept five clean sheets in their last five League matches.

“We just started understanding each other better and to understand the coach’s philosophy better right now.

“It took us a little bit of time, but I think we are getting into it and we really look like a team right now. We are more united now and when you are in a good space everything just starts flowing,” he said.

“I think that’s one thing that we didn’t get right when the coach arrived (11 months ago) and we never really knew how our roles are in certain moments and like I said, we are starting to understand more better and things that we thought are difficult for us are becoming so easy and through hard word and paying attention to details everything seem to be working for us and we just hope it will work for quite a long time,” added Billiat.

Chiefs will come up against a Pirates side this weekend that is not only struggling to score goals, but has conceded the second highest number of goals behind Cape Town City.

The Buccaneers have netted 12 and conceded 13 in 10 matches.

By Ofhani Munyai

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