Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has hinted at the potential snubbing of star forward Khama Billiat for this weekend's Absa Premiership fixture.
Billiat’s recent escapade with the Zimbabwean national team brought about conflicting opinions, after he was initially deemed injured in a statement released by the club prior to his departure.
Middendorp had openly expressed his disapproval of the 29-year-old decision to exert himself and disregarding medical advice he would have received at Chiefs as they pushed to get him back to his best for the next block of domestic fixtures.
Asked whether the player would be ready to face Polokwane City in their upcoming encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday, the German refused to give a definitive answer but alluded to the team’s efficiency even without Billiat in the first two games of the season.
“Why are we talking about Khama Billiat? Why is he such a discussion point? I think the team has won these points to put themselves into it,” said Middendorp.
“I think If I’m not [mistaken]... Can you help me? I think we had a certain number of players we played, even without Khama Billiat this season.
“There’s a possibility there, can you imagine? As I always say, this team is functional, it doesn’t depend on one performance – not at all.
“We came back in certain games through team performance, not to something that you put onto the shoulders of one player – this is not our philosophy.
“Our philosophy is that everybody contributes to a team performance in attacking and in defending, and of course if someone wants to bring a certain x-factor in then it’s fine.”