Kaizer Chiefs Ernst Middendorp head coach has revealed that star player Khama Billiat was not pleased after coming on as a second-half substitute in their narrow 1-0 victory over rivals Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby on Saturday at FNB Stadium.
“I think Khama [Billiat] is not happy, coming as a substitute into the game but I could see on the pitch [training field] too that he is moving,” revealed Middendorp.
“I am telling you Ntiya-Ntiya, other players are really going all out during the week to make themselves available and this is something that we will honour in terms of our team selection.”
Billiat, who was out of action for some time due to a hamstring injury has played 15 games in all competitions this season with 2 assists and a goal to his name.
The Zimbabwean International came on in the 58th minute to replace Leonardo Castro but didn’t step up and struggled to impose himself on proceedings.
“As I said already the balance of the second part is being busy with ourselves, looking into it, which players have a good training week and we have competition so Lazarus Kambole was excellent, he needs to be on the field to get a national team call up, he’s definitely a candidate,” added Middendorp.
“Again, not doing the first part because there is a new technical team, because there is a new selection on this field and on FNB Stadium on Saturday evening, 20:15,[a League against AmaZulu] this is not where we have our priorities in terms of preparation.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs mentor also issued an injury update on Willard Katsande after the club website reported that Katsande “hurt the ligament in the inner part of his knee” against Pirates.
“Willard is out, I think for the games in March, I expect him to be back at the beginning of April. [A big loss], ya how he has put himself with the dominance in the middle of the park.
“I would say that he is definitely one of the core players who contribute week in and week out in a very proper way and look it is not about crying now we have to find a solution, replace him, but it is not really a welcomed scenario but we can’t change it,” admitted the German coach.
By FARPost Reporter