How Khama, Ernst kissed and made up


Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat has commented on the relationship between himself and coach Ernst Middendorp following their recent spat.

Middendorp publicly criticised Billiat over his presumed negligence and failure to manage himself while on international duty with Zimbabwe last month.

The 29-year-old had been carrying a knee injury prior to the start of the season as he missed Chiefs’ opening two games of the season, and had only just returned when he was called into The Warriors squad as a late addition due to their risk of falling out of the 2022 World Cup qualification at the preliminary stage to minnows Somalia.

He went on to feature the full 90 minutes for Joey Antipas’ side in the second leg on home soil and ultimately grabbed a last-minute goal that ensured their progression.

But this did not sit well with his German tactician back at Naturena, who publicly questioned the player’s responsibility despite his impressive showing in the match.

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Billiat has since confirmed that the quarrel has been put in the past after they ironed out their issues “in a professional way.”

“We spoke about it and, yeah, as players we always want to play football and we always want to represent [the national team] whenever you’re called,” said Billiat.

“I think I couldn’t have done better, but I had to go since the club allowed me to go, and everything was solved in a professional way, and we’re all professional.

“It’s part of our career, things can be said and done, and we have to accept it and deal with it in the best way that we can.”

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Billiat has this season scored a goal and assisted two more as Amakhosi occupy top spot on the Absa Premiership standings after eight rounds of fixtures, while he also managed a goal and three assists in the team's 4-2 victory over his former employers Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup.