BY FORTUNE MBELE
WARRIORS attacker Khama Billiat’s frequent accidents are worrying coach Zdravko Logarušic because the Group G Fifa World Cup qualifier in opposition to South Africa approaches.
The Warriors talisman aggravated an damage sustained in January and hobbled out of his facet Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-Zero win over champions Mamelodi Sundowns within the 43rd minute at Loftus Versfeld on the weekend and missed the house 1-Zero defeat to Chippa United on Wednesday.
Warriors supervisor Wellington Mpandare yesterday mentioned the senior nationwide crew’s technical division was involved about Billiat’s continued absence because of damage they usually have requested Kaizer Chiefs to replace them on the star’s situation and progress.
“It’s unhappy for the Warriors contemplating that he (Billiat) has been a key determine within the nationwide crew and he missed the Afcon [Africa Cup of Nations] qualifiers because of damage. Because the technical crew, we’re nervous, however we’ve requested the Kaizer Chiefs physician to ship us his (Billiat’s) medical report so we see how we take it from there. We collect he’s going to endure a scan,” he mentioned.
“Anybody would have needed Billiat to be a part of the Warriors’ squad for the World Cup qualifiers, however these items do occur. It’s a part of the sport. We want him a speedy restoration and hope he would have absolutely recovered for the qualifiers.”
On Wednesday after the loss to Chippa United, Amakhosi gaffer Gavin Hunt was additionally nervous about Billiat’s damage.
Hunt confirmed Billiat suffered the damage on the identical leg as in January when he sustained a leg bone crack in a 2-Zero loss within the DStv Premiership encounter in opposition to Maritzburg United.
“I’m not positive. He’s obtained a kick on the identical leg that he broke, so it’s not good. With us enjoying each two or three video games, in case you miss two or three weeks, he’s going to overlook a number of video games once more. I’m not positive what the prognosis is there, however he definitely was not strolling nicely. Properly, he couldn’t stroll actually,” Hunt mentioned.
Billiat missed the Afcon qualifier ties in opposition to Botswana and Zambia final month following the damage in January and the 2 video games have been additionally missed by plenty of different foreign-based Warriors, together with Marvelous Nakamba, Tino Kadewere, and Marshall Munetsi, curtailed by COVID-19 security protocols at their respective stations.
In the meantime, with native soccer set to return with a cluster event for Premier Soccer League golf equipment on Might 15, Mpandare mentioned he was hopeful some gamers may very well be thought-about for the World Cup qualifiers.
He mentioned Logarušic and his lieutenants could be monitoring the native video games as they start.
“We have now one or two gamers which can be a part of the crew already and clearly when the native recreation begins, the coaches might be monitoring gamers that might be enjoying domestically for consideration. It’s unlucky that they haven’t been enjoying. We hope some gamers might be thought-about,” Mpandare mentioned.
Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda was a part of the Afcon squad that performed Botswana and Zambia to qualify for the finals.
The native soccer league has been inactive for over a 12 months.
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