Pirates coach: Billiat is like an Olympic diver


Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids has sensationally likened Khama Billiat to an Olympic diver ahead of this weekend's Soweto Derby.

Ahead of this weekend's highly-anticipated Soweto Derby clash against Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids has held little back by way of criticism over an apparent bias shown towards the Amakhosi by match officials. 

His comments follow after the reverse fixture between the two giants of South African football saw Chiefs snatch a 92nd-minute winner through a Keagan Dolly penalty after Khama Billiat was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. 

"The previous derby, when you talk about the penalty we conceded, that's not a coincidence. You can go back to how many penalties Kaizer Chiefs have won in this derby," Davids said during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

"I hope we can really be clear in relation to penalty decisions tomorrow, that there are clear structured decisions that are neutral on both sides.

"You talk about the Billiat incident, but we know Billiat is a player who if you touch him, a small touch, any contact in the box and already he is diving in an Olympic pool.

"So I hope the referees are clear and know these things, knowing [from past experience] that any contact in an around the box, and Orlando Pirates concede another penalty.

"With that we can be clear and know what is coming in relation to, especially Kaizer Chiefs' front free, and especially with Billiat..."