Billiat: Chiefs dispirited by supporter absence

Amakhosi are set to serve what they will be hoping is their final game without their supporters, in line with a PSL Disciplinary Committee sanction, when they host Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

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The last time they played in a tranquil atmosphere they came out with a 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City at the start of October, with Billiat desperate to avoid the same fate against Chilli Boys.

“I think it’s becoming difficult for the team [to go back to an empty stadium], and it demands a lot of hard work because we need to be consistent,” said Billiat.

“We lost in Durban when we didn’t have supporters the last time, which was disappointing, and I don’t think we want to go through that again.

“We’re looking forward to this next game, to try and be mentally strong and make sure we give our best and grind out the result to make our supporters happy.

“It’s not easy for them, especially in Durban. They want to be there for us, but they have to watch the match at home, so we have to make sure we win the game, so they also feel good.”

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The Zimbabwean talisman, who is the club’s top goalscorer with six strikes to his name so far this season, has also outlined the lessons from their previous experience against Rise and Shine.

“It’s a difficult match and the coaches previously emphasised with the Polokwane City defeat that we have to be mentally strong and bring ourselves to the right state of mind,” he added.

“Because it’s not going to be easy mentally. This is not what we’re used to, and we can’t afford to take it easy. So, we had to learn with that loss – it wasn’t nice, and we don’t want to go through the same thing. I don’t think anyone in the dressing room wants to go through it either, so we’re all aware of [the dangers].

“I hope we won’t make the same mistakes again. We have to stay focused and take it like professionals.”

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