KHAMA TO PLAY MORE MINUTES FOR YADAH

Langton Nyakwenda

YADAH Stars coach Thomas Ruzive has a special plan for Khama Billiat, who is now expected to get more minutes.

He played a cameo role on his debut, during Match Day One of the 2024 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

The 33-year-old, whose return to the local Premiership has triggered a frenzy, played the last 15 minutes when Yadah lost 0-1 against Hwange at the Colliery on March 10.

He almost scored on his debut, but was denied by the upright post, in a game he was also cheered on by the local fans.

Ruzive now expects Billiat to play a more crucial role, as the former Kaizer Chiefs star steadily adjusts to the local settings.

Billiat had some match fitness issues when he arrived at Yadah, having seen no action in over a year.

But, the former Warriors kingpin has been training hard at the Heart Stadium.

His fitness levels have risen remarkably and Ruzive is likely to start the 33-year-old forward when Yadah play Bikita Minerals in a re-arranged league match at Sakubva on Sunday.

Bikita Minerals were finally declared Eastern Region Soccer League champions after a protracted boardroom battle that also involved Tenax.

“Khama (Billiat) is very fit and ready to face Bikita Minerals,” Ruzive said.

“The boy had a good show in Hwange despite playing for a few minutes.

“Overall, the team played well, it was only one mistake which cost us the game,” said Ruzive.

He added:

“Billiat is an experienced player who can adjust to the most difficult conditions in the game.

“So, I am confident he will adjust to the local league.

“We expect him to play more minutes in our next games.”

The former Triangle United gaffer, who is now in his second stint with Yadah, is, however, wary of Bikita Minerals, who are coached by veteran Saul Chaminuka.

“It’s a tricky game,” says Ruzive.

“Despite their promotion saga, Bikita Minerals will always be a threat because they have a very experienced coach in Saul Chaminuka.

“We should treat them with caution because they are dangerous.”

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