Warriors Player and Kaizer Chiefs Midfielder Khama Billiat’s single goal yesterday had a double impact as it first silenced the critics baying for the footballer’s blood and secondly took his club a step closer to winning the ABSA premiership title for the first time in 5 years.
The South African giants posted a 1-0 victory over nine-man Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old forward has come under intense scrutiny in South Africa due to his poor form for Chiefs this season.
Billiat netted the only goal of the game on nine minutes into the first match after being teed-up by Samir Nurkovic.
It was his only second goal of the season and it will go a long way in boosting his confidence after a forgettable campaign.
Speaking after yesterday’s game that put Kaizer Chiefs at par in terms of points with Mamelodi Sundowns, but 4 goals ahead of Sundowns, Amakhosi manager Ernst Middendorp said:
It’s about points now, it’s about winning now, but I’m happy with the team’s fighting spirit that we needed to show today and will need on Saturday too.
ZTN’s Makomborero Mutimukulu tweeted and said:
It’s not the most beautiful of goals. However, the manner in which we badly needed this one, in the face of vicious attacks on Billiat and, by extension, our integrity as Zimbabweans, this goal is fabulous.
The biggest statement, for me, was the chilled celebration. Many a player would have used that moment to send a message to critics, perhaps cup an ear or place a finger on the lips, but Khama Billiat was classy.
Kaizer Chiefs will be crown league title winners if on Saturday they either beat Baroka and or Sundowns do not better their winning margin by, at least, four goals when they take on Black Leopards
The Warriors regular could have doubled Chiefs’ advantage in the 20th minute when he robbed the ball close to the box but was shouldered before he could pull the trigger.
His winner on Wednesday evening helped Chiefs stay on top of the log with 56 points and a superior three goal difference compared to fellow title contenders, Mamelodi Sundowns who won 3-0 against Polokwane City.
Chippa United finished the match with nine men after Tercious Malepe (67) and Zimbabwean Elvis Moyo (88) received two red cards within a space of 21 minutes for dangerous play.
United remain 12th with 31 points and not entirely safe from finishing 15th, the relegation playoffs spot.
Chiefs will play Baroka in their last match while Sundowns will take on Black Leopards.