When he joined Kaizer Chiefs on a free transfer from Mamelodi Sundowns, a lot was expected from Khama Billiat.
Unfortunately, the 32-year-old forward has failed to live up to expectations. His best season for Amakhosi was the 2018/19 season. He played 33 games across all competitions, scored nine goals, and provided seven assists.
He was still younger, faster, and eager to impress the Amakhosi faithful.
In the 2020/21 season, Billiat played 22 games, scored two goals, and came up with six assists. These were unimpressive stats for a footballer of Khama’s calibre and reputation.
Last season wasn’t bad at all for the Zimbabwean forward. He played in 29 games, scored nine goals, with eight assists in his name, now that was more like the Khama we know.
But what has gone wrong for Billiat?
Injuries and a loss of form have hampered his progress at Naturena, with the team’s misfortunes not helping Billiat’s situation either.
He is currently out with a long term injury that will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
His contribution for this campaign has been 11 games, zero goals, and four assists.
With Kaizer Chiefs undergoing a rebuilding process, the big question is, should they keep Khama Billiat?
A few experienced players are a cornerstone of every football team that undergoes a process of renewal.
They form the spine of the team, and provide guidance to the younger players. There is no question that the likes of Wandile Duba and Mduduzi Shabalala can learn a lot from Billiat.
But it is his contribution on the field of play that is a worrying factor. At the moment, Arthur Zwane needs his experienced players to be at their best, unfortunately, Khama’s contribution has been limited.
The signing of Christian Saile, Caleb Bimenyimana, and the promotion of youngsters, Mduduzi Shabalala and Wandile Duba, means Billiat is quickly running out of space at Naturena, especially when you add Kgaogelo Sekgota and Ashley Du Preez to the equation.
The above players are not necessarily better than Khama, but they are available, faster, younger and they fit the profile of a rebuilding process.
With Billiat’s injuries and struggles with form, maybe it is time for Amakhosi to make a big decision, which is to let Khama Billiat go.