Billiat to hand Chiefs selection boost

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Kaizer Chiefs kingpin Khama Billiat will be available for selection this weekend after shaking off the injury niggle that he picked up in the Soweto derby a fortnight ago.

Billiat lasted just 39 minutes in the 2-1 win over Orlando Pirates before limping out with a muscle concern.

With Chiefs having been inactive for the past fortnight, this has allowed the Zimbabwean to shrug off the discomfort.

He has been back at training this week and will be in the squad to play Golden Arrows on Saturday evening at FNB Stadium.

Billiat’s availability means he keeps his push for 100 goals playing for a South African club alive.

The 31-year-old has so far scored 96 and needs four from the remaining games this season to reach triple figures and join only a handful of players which includes Siyabonga Nomvete, Daniel Mudau, Mabhuti Khenyeza, Tico-Tico, and Collins Mbesuma to ever reach that mark in the history of the PSL.

If Billiat scores another four he will match his best return in a Chiefs jersey having already scored seven so far.

He struck 11 goals in all competitions in his first season at the club.

Meanwhile, Sifiso Hlanti has spoken about the emotions of his first major injury which happened in November last year.

Hlanti suffered an Achilles tendon and is now doing his rehabilitation as he works his way towards making his return. 

"I was so emotional," Billiat admits.

"I’ll be honest based on that I’m so passionate about what I’m doing, I love football. It is something that I always tell myself that no matter whatever incident I might face in my career, I need to take it with a positive attitude.

"I’ve never been in this kind of situation or any major injury,” says Hlanti in a club interview.

"I’m feeling much better, even though I had to use the moon boot after I took off the cast so there’s progress because now there are certain things that I’m getting used to since I’m doing my rehab with all the staff members, physiotherapists – so, all is well," he says.

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