Without a single goal in nine DStv Premiership outings in the current campaign, Kaizer Chiefs talisman Khama Billiat has been met with heavy criticism from some of Mzansi’s top football legends.
An exception to this is the advice from Mohammed Auseb, the former Chiefs star defender, who also captained the side on occasion. Auseb still believes there is hope for Billiat at Chiefs.
The 32-year-old former Zimbabwean international has provided just three league assists this term but is yet to get off the mark for the 2022/23 season, which has seen the likes of Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane labeling him a possible ‘age cheat’ whose poor form could be contributed by issues off the pitch.
During Robert Marawa’s Marawa Sports Worldwide show this week, Ngubane said he suspected Billiat’s form loss was due to off-the-field issues.
“There is definitely something wrong. It is either he is really unhappy, doesn’t sleep enough, and parties all night, or he cheated (his) age,” he said.
In addition, Brian Baloyi, a former goalkeeper and club legend, was recently quoted in the media saying that the club should not retain Billiat beyond the current campaign. Instead Baloyi believes that Chiefs should rather offer Billiat a performance-based contract as opposed to a traditional contract.
Former Amakhosi and Namibian international captain, Mohammed Ouseb has different a form of advice for the Harare-born forward, preferring to rather than bashing him.
“Billiat’s situation is a tough one. We all know how dangerous he can be,” Ouseb told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“I was hoping with the arrival of [Keagan] Dolly, they would ignite their fire and be the players they were previously but it seems that didn’t work out. So I am not sure whether it’s issues outside football that are contributing to his not so good performances.
“He is experienced enough to contribute towards the success of the team, so he should go out there and enjoy himself and forget about the outside pressure.
“And with his contract going into the final season soon and as one of highest earners at the club and not playing regularly, I’m not sure if Chiefs are going to retain him.
“He should go out there and play to earn another one [contract], which might be with another team. Wish him all the best,” Ouseb further added.
Billiat’s current deal at the Naturena-based outfit ends in June next year with an option to extend for a further year.It’s unclear at this stage if the club will be exercising that option.