Head coach Ernest Middendorp says there is a lack of communication between Kaizer Chiefs and the Zimbabwe national team with regards to Khama Billiat.
The Kaizer Chiefs star was stretchered off the field early in the 2nd half during the club’s 4-0 drubbing of Stellenbosch, in what seemed to be a pulled muscle.
Billiat missed the club’s Telkom Knockout semi final 2-1 loss against Maritzburg United due to a hamstring injury, but was back into the starting XI on Wednesday night against Stellenbosc in Cape Town.
“NO!” Middendorp replied when asked if there was any good communication between Chiefs and ZIFA about Khama Billiat’s injuries.
“I hear a lot that serving the country is important. Serving the country in Zambia, serving the country in Zimbabwe or serving the country in South Africa… a number of players, a number of staff members and that’s fine,” said Middendorp.
“It’s a given situation, I have to send them. FIFA rules are there, even if he has a broken arm or a broken leg or whatever we have to send him. They have to be judged and be assessed by their national team, it’s a rule. We have no one we speak to in Zimbabwe but thanks God there is good communication with Bafana Bafana in Molefi Ntseki and David Notoane, the U23 Coach,” he said.
Ahead of Chiefs’s game against Maritzburg, the club had tweeted to their fans who were asking about Billiat’s exclusion from the squad and Amakhosi said:
“Khama Billiat reported to national team duty with a tight hamstring. After playing 2 matches with it, it is still niggling. He has been treated but it hasn’t recovered sufficiently for him to be eligible for selection.”
Chiefs are yet to release any statement on the seriousness of Billiat ‘s injury he suffered last night against Stellenbosch
By Shane Matsoyane