Chiefs crisis affecting Khama negotiations

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Chiefs crisis affecting Khama negotiations Khama Billiat


Sports Reporter

THE Covid-19 crisis at Kaizer Chiefs is also coming at a huge cost for the Warriors.

Efforts by national team management to try and persuade Khama Billiat to come out of retirement are being affected by the Covid-19 situation at the Amakhosi.

South Africa’s Glamour Boys have been battling to contain a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp, which has affected the players and supporting staff  in the past week.

Two of their league matches have been postponed.

The crisis exploded at when the Warriors management had started the process to try and lure Billiat out of retirement for him to play at the 2021 Afcon finals in Cameroon next month.

Team manager, Wellington Mpandare, told H-Metro Sport that the Billiat issue was an urgent one and a priority foe them.

“I have made efforts in engaging him (Khama Billiat). We respect his decision but we also feel he still has a lot to offer to the national team.

“We have engaged him so that he can be with the team at the Afcon finals next January and maybe consider the decision after that.

“At the moment, it is important for him to concentrate on the situation at Kaizer Chiefs,” said Mpandare.

Kaizer Chiefs have been hit by Covid-19 which saw them suspending matches.

Billiat announced his retirement from international football last month, a development which was set to rule him out of the AFCON tournament.

However, the national team management had already registered him on the initial list of 40 players, whose names were sent to CAF, for the tournament.

Billiat’s decision has been met with mixed reactions, with a number of fans suggesting that the player should have a last dance, at the continental showcase.

“We respect his decision but obviously we feel we still need him. I am sure a number of coaches or whoever is going to take the team to Cameroon has the same view.

“I know that I might not be the same persuading him to think otherwise, that’s how important the player is to us.”

H-Metro Sport understands the team management have also engaged other senior players like Knowledge Musona, to talk to Billiat.

If the diminutive midfielder maintains his stance, it would be a huge blow for Zimbabwe, who will be without Marshall Munetsi and Brendan Galloway, due to injury.

Tendayi Darikwa has also pulled of the tournament for what he called ‘personal reasons’.

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