Khama Billiat and Kaizer Chiefs.
32-year-old Kaizer Chiefs forward, Khama Billiat is currently out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn groin muscle injury.
This means Billiat’s contribution for Amakhosi this season is eleven appearances, zero goals and four assists, not a good return on investment from one of the club’s highest earners.
On top of his niggling injuries, Billiat has been struggling for form.
With Kaizer Chiefs on a rebuilding process, Billiat’s troubles mean he is not a player coach Arthur Zwane can rely on to build the team around.
Asked about Khama’s situation, Zwane responded:
“Khama, is a big boy, he understands. These things they do happen in football and some of the things you know are beyond our control. The club is also offering help psychologically.”
With his contract ending in June, Khama might be one of the players Amakhosi will look to offload.
He is joined on the injury list by Nkosingiphile Ngcobo with a thigh injury, Reeve Frosler who suffered a jaw fracture, and Dillan Solomons with dislocated shoulder.
Banyana Banyana squad.
Desiree Ellis has named a strong Banyana Banyana squad for the Turkish Women’s Cup.
The tournament will run from the 13th of February, until the 26th.
Ellis’s squad is a good mixture of youth and experience, including the likes of Refiloe Jane, Noko Matlou, Bambanani Mbane, the returning Gabriela Salgado, and forwards Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hilda Magaia.
Blackburn Rovers’ Nokuthula Owusu also received a call up, as well as the exciting Richmond Ladies forward, Nthabiseng Majiya.
The Turkish Women’s Cup will serve as much needed preparation for the upcoming Women’s World Cup to take place in Australia and New Zealand.
Here is the rest of the squad:
15 Feb: Turkey
18 Feb: Uzbekistan
21 Feb: Venezuela
John ‘Dungi’ Moeti passes on.
South Africa woke up to the said news of John Moeti’s passing yesterday morning.
Dungi, as he was affectionately known, passed on after a long battle with illness.
The 55-year-old played for Orlando Pirates, winning the CAF Champions League, he also represented Bafana Bafana in the 1996 Afcon triumph.
He also played for Supersport United.
Commenting on Moeti’s passing, Neil Tovey said:
What can we do? He was a great player, a person on his own, he always stood up for rights both at his club even though we never played together at club level,” Neil Tovey told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“He was a person that stood up for the players and what was good for the players, wherever he was whether it was for Bafana Bafana or Orlando Pirates. The way he played well, he was a nuggety type of player, he was very short but that did not hinder him from his efforts.
“Obviously the AFCON was some of the biggest moments we had together, but when you are there you don’t treasure all those moments, you just take things for granted. All those players from that era are very special. So ya very sad…”
Rest in peace Dungi, thank you for sharing your football talent with us.
It is the Nedbank Cup week, here are some of the coaches comments on their fixtures:
Vasili Manousakis on their game against Sundowns:
“The game comes at the right time – it’s not a disturbance, we have two out of nine points. Maybe it comes at the right time due to less pressure [in the cup] against Sundowns.”
Gavin Hunt on Dondol Stars game:
“We will give the game the respect it deserves – put a strong team out and let the rest play itself out.”
“It won’t be easy, Martizburg will fancy their chances – they have been doing well of late. But we want to go all the way to the final and win it as a club.”