KHAMA SET FOR FIRST RUFARO LEAGUE MATCH IN 14 YEARS

Tadious Manyepo

Sports Reporter

KHAMA BILLIAT will today play his first league game at Rufaro in 14 years against the team which started the pursuit of his services before being beaten to his signature by Yadah.

His last league game at the spiritual home of domestic football was back in 2009 in the colours of CAPS United.

His first league match, on his return to Rufaro, will be against Dynamos.

His charisma has attracted a considerable number of fans to the stadiums in the two games he has played in.

The Glamour Boys and their fans felt betrayed by a man they had expected to bring the magical touch, which they have been looking for, to finally win the league title since 2014.

 “I am aware that Khama Billiat was wanted by Dynamos and he could have been lining-up against us on Friday (today). But football is like that, he will be lining-up for us,” said Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive.

“We know he could be the central figure as far as Dynamos’ approach is concerned but Billiat is a seasoned player who can handle anything thrown at him.

“I am tipping him to spark in this game and help the team collect maximum points. 

“Billiat is not only experienced, he is also very good with or without the ball and he should be able to handle any situation.

“We have picked a single point in our two opening games and we are looking at winning the match against Dynamos tomorrow (today).”

Billiat was a CAPS United loanee from Aces Youth Soccer Academy when he was introduced late on in Makepekepe’s season-opener against Douglas Warriors in April 2010.

He wasn’t a top-notch star back then but his potential was evident although he couldn’t change the face of the match that ended in a goalless draw.

Dynamos coach Genesis Mangombe, who has previously coached Yadah, is also a key factor in today’s showdown.

 “We are happy to be back at Rufaro. For me, as a coach, this is my first time leading a team at this venue,” said Mangombe.

“I know the pressure that comes with playing at Rufaro. 

“The fans need to see good football and to see the team winning.

“We promise them good football and a win. We will be missing Issah Sadiki and Tanaka Shandirwa (who cannot play versus Yadah because they are on loan at Dynamos) but I understand others will do the job.”

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