Harare – The most valuable footballer playing in Southern Africa, Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs, has not delivered to his high standards over the past two years.
Since joining Amakhosi from fellow South African top-flight club Mamelodi Sundowns in 2018, the 31-year-old Zimbabwean forward has struggled to replicate the form that saw him win the CAF Champions League success in 2016.
A goal return of just one in 17 games this season in the Premier Soccer League is embarrassing for a player of his calibre.
Injuries, loss of confidence and the erratic nature of the past year or so due to COVID-19 have all taken their toll.
Speaking of his struggles, Billiat said: “It’s very hard but I will try my best to come back to the top of my game. I have endured bad form and injuries but hopefully, I will find my way back to the top. I am working hard to do that.”
And last weekend Billiat proved he remains the man for the big occasion.
Just when Chiefs were staring down the barrel, trailing 1-2 to Guinea’s Horoya in a decisive CAF Champions League group stage encounter last weekend, they needed someone to step up.
Chiefs needed a draw to secure passage to the quarter-finals of the premier continental knock-out tournament for the first time in their history.
And Billiat obliged.
With 14 minutes remaining, the diminutive Zimbabwean rediscovered his magic of old and drew Gavin Hunt’s team level.
Not only did Billiat’s goal secure Chiefs’ berth in the last eight, but he ensured that for the first time in history, South Africa would have two teams in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.
All in all, Billiat has appeared 18 times in Glamour Boys colours, clocking 1,504 minutes during which time he has made five assists and scored just two goals.