Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze shared the same sentiments with his coach Joey Antipas describing Khama Billiat as a quality player.
Billiat snatched the decisive goal for Zimbabwe deep in injury time to beat Somalia 3-1 in a 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifier at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
The result meant they progressed to the group stage of the qualifiers with a 3-2 aggregate having lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture played in neutral Djibouti last week.
Chipezeze said the inclusion of Billiat in the squad on the 11th hour boosted the confidence of the players.
“Khama is quality, he is a quality player that one. If you have players like Khama it boosts the confidence of the boys,” said Chipezeze.
Antipas defended his decision to call Billiat late saying any coach with Billiat’s caliber at his disposal would have done that.
“Khama is quality, teams out there want him and they want to splash a whole lot of money. And when you got a quality player like Khama, he got to play because Khama makes a very big difference to the team which he showed today (yesterday).
“So when you have got your best players available, you got to use them,” said Antipas.
The Kaizer Chiefs man made some brilliant moves in midfield clicking well with Ovidy Karuru and Kuda Mahachi.
He did not get time to train with the rest of the team as he joined camp on the eve of the match.