Somailia forces Zim hand on Billiat?

African Football

A driving instructor who stars for the lowest ranked nation in Africa has sent a warning to Zimbabwe after one of the biggest shocks in international football history.

Last Thursday, a 86th minute strike from Anwar Shake saw Somalia, the 202nd ranked nation in the world, secure their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying win.
 
With the current political unrest in their nation, the national team were forced to play the fixture against Zimbabwe in Djibouti.
 
And Mohamud Ali, who plays non-league football in while working as a driving instructor in Manchester has opened up on the historic result.
 
"I told my students that I'd be going away to play international football," the 25-year-old told BBC Football.
 
"Of course, they wanted to continue their lessons but they were all absolutely delighted for me and I assured them I'd be back really soon.
 
"The support has been amazing. We were trending on Twitter worldwide after the game. It's a giant-killing when you think about it. They were the highest-ranked team playing in the preliminary round and we were the lowest.
 
"Nobody expected us to win and if we do manage to get through to the group stage that would be an unbelievable achievement. But it's already gone down in history."
 
Shock result forces Billiat return?
 
Last week Kaizer Chiefs released a statement that Billiat suffered an injury in their win over Cape Town City at Newlands and that it was 'unclear' when he would return to action.
 
However, on Monday morning, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed the Amakhosi forward has been roped into the squad for the second leg against Somalia.
 
Billiat has been the only scorer for The Warriors in the last-five competitive fixtures and will likely play a key role in Joey Antipas new-look squad with their 2022 World Cup aspirations hanging in the balance.
 
Ocean Stars ready for the unthinkable
 
Mohamud believes that Tuesday's return leg at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, they arrive as favourites against the side ranked 90 places above them.
 
"Apparently the scenes back home are incredible, so if we do go back after the second leg the reception will be unbelievable," Mohamud said.
 
"Now Zimbabwe know what we're about they'll have to prepare differently for this game but we're in a strong position.
 
"We've made history but we're not done here. We know there's a lot more to come from us. So we'll go there and fancy ourselves."

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