Harare – Just when Kaizer Chiefs’ forward, Khama Billiat, thought he was getting his groove back after an injury and a string of lacklustre performances, the Zimbabwean soccer star is back on the treatment table.
As halftime approached in Amakhosi’s 2-1 victory over his former club Mamelodi Sundowns last week, the Zimbabwean suffered a knock on the same leg that has plagued him before.
The injury could not have come at a worse time for Billiat.
He was side-lined for two months from January while undergoing treatment, and as such played no part in the tail end of Zimbabwe’s successful 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign. He was also absent for crucial matches for Kaizer Chiefs.
On his return to action, the goals were slow to come and he showed only flashes of the brilliance that made him one of the most sought-after forwards in Southern Africa.
The 30-year-old appeared to be getting back to his best when he scored an important goal for Chiefs as they beat Guinean giants Horoya in Conakry to take the South African club to its first ever CAF Champions League quarter-finals.
But now he could miss the rest of the South Africa Premier Soccer League season, as well as the CAF Champions League, as well as Zimbabwe’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next month.
A crestfallen Billiat said, “It’s so disappointing. But it’s part of the game. I was looking forward to play the full stretch of the match against Sundowns but I had to be pulled out due to an injury. It’s unfortunate that the injury had to come when I was just finding myself again. I hope to come back strongly.”