Harare – Khama Billiat’s stay at Kaizer Chiefs may have been blighted by injuries and lack of form, but the soccer forward could write his own piece of history if Amakhosi win the CAF Champions League next week.
The South African giants take on Al Ahly in the final on July 17 in Morocco, and should they win, Billiat will be the first Southern African footballer to win that trophy with two different teams.
Also, victory would deliver a maiden Champions League crown for Kaizer Chiefs.
Billiat was an inspirational figure in the Mamelodi Sundowns team that won the Champions League in 2016, and five years later he could do it again with Chiefs.
Billiat has endured hard times since he joined Kaizer Chiefs three years ago from Mamelodi Sundowns, with whom he lit up the South African Premier Soccer League.
Despite his domestic woes, the Zimbabwean forward remains one of Chiefs’ key stars when it comes to the African Safari.
The skilful player missed both legs of Chiefs’ semi-final clashes against Wydad AC of Morocco due to injury.
But he is now fully fit and his experience will be handy as Kaizer Chiefs seek to conquer Africa for the first ever.
In an interview last week, Billiat said: “I am happy that we will be playing in the CAF Champions League final. This is a dream that every player has in their mind. The first thing that is important is to go there and try to win the trophy for the team. We all know what is at stake and we have to fight for it. About the history thing, I will be happy but as I have said before, it is about the team.”
Billiat will come face to face against his former coach at Sundowns, Pitso Mosemane, who is now in charge of Al Ahly of Egypt.