. . . Khama makes Chiefs history
Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
KHAMA Billiat proved his worth at Kaizer Chiefs with a decisive goal that sent the South African giants to the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League on Saturday night.
Billiat, starting for the first time after a long injury lay-off, grabbed a second half equaliser as Kaizer Chiefs drew 2-2 against Horoya AC of Guinea to go through on head-to-head at the weekend.
Chiefs, who had never made it to the group stage until this year, went to Guinea aware that they needed a win or scoring draw in Conakry to qualify to the last eight.
Now they might find themselves facing South African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns for a place in the semi-final.
Horoya went to the break leading 1-0 through a Yakhouba Barry goal while Kaizer Chiefs responded with a 67th minute penalty converted by Daniel Cardoso.
However, the hosts were back in the lead two minutes later through Sekou Camara but Billiat clinched the ticket for Kaizer Chiefs with 14 minutes remaining after being set-up by substitute Dumisani Zuma.
The goal saw the Zimbabwean silencing his critics who has been questioning his contribution at the Soweto giants.
After the match, Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt said they had to fight for this great achievement.
“We have won nothing, we just got through. This is one hell of a competition to play in.
“We knew that to qualify we had to get a scoring draw or a win in the game. It was a huge fight, huge effort and a great achievement for the club,” he said.
It was also a good week for Prince Dube who netted a brace for his Tanzanian side Azam on his return from injury.
Dube’s brace saw Azam defeat Mtibwa Sugar 2-0.
The Zimbabwean is now the top goal scorer with 10 goals in the Tanzanian top-flight despite the injury setbacks.
He had been on the sidelines for the past two weeks and had to miss Zimbabwe’s Afcon qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia last month.
Another Zimbabwe international, Tendayi Darikwa, played the whole match as Wigan beat Doncaster 4-1 to keep their survival hopes alive in England’s League One.
Marvelous Nakamba returned to Aston Villa’s starting line-up in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
The Warriors star put up a decent show that saw him being rated among the best for Claret and Blue.
“An unused sub for Villa’s last four games, Nakamba came back in to Villa’s midfield to add a bit of steeliness which has been lacking of late. Nakamba’s the master of pinching balls at the last second and did that throughout, much to the annoyance of Bobby Firmino and others.
“Nakamba was much better on the ball than in previous games and performed with confidence. The African was replaced by Barkley with a little over 20 minutes to go as Villa went in search for a winner. Naka was productive with his work . . .” reported Birmingham Mail.
Admiral Muskwe also played as Wycombe Wanderers’ relegation woes in the English Championship continued.
The Chair Boys are bottom of the standings and Muskwe has been a regular since joining from Leicester City on loan.
It was also a bad weekend for Warriors Captain Knowledge Musona who was in action as his KAS Eupen suffered a 4-0 defeat to Standard Liege in the Belgian topflight.
TEMBO, MAHACHI, BHASERA, CHIGOVA, RUSIKE
In South Africa, Zimbabwean coach Kaitano Tembo and players Kuda Mahachi and Onismor Bhasera were on the losing end after SuperSport United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cape Town City on Saturday.
Goalkeeper George Chigova and striker Evans Rusike were part of SuperSport’s final 18 with Rusike coming on for Mahachi in the 59th minute.
Veteran goalkeeper Washington Arubi and countryman Farai Madhanhanga played for TTM in their 2-0 win over TS Galaxy, also on Saturday.
Knox Mutizwa scored as Golden Arrows played to a 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic yesterday – in a match that also saw Divine Lunga in action.