AFCON countdown: Spotlight on Khama Billiat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:58

It is two days before the Africa Cup of Nations roars into life and today the spotlight is on lethal midfielder Khama Billiat who is expected to pose problems to Zimbabwe’s Group B opponents.


Gifted with a natural ability to elude defenders, an eye for goal and cultured cross, Billiat is a key player to watch out for when the Warriors go into battle at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.


Billiat began on a high in the Warriors qualification campaign, scoring a crucial goal for Zimbabwe in an away tie against Malawi on Match Day 1.


The 26 year old then featured in a 1-all home draw against Guinea and another 1-all stalemate away to Swaziland.


He was also part of the side that turned on the style in a 4-nil home win over Swaziland, an encounter Billiat found the target and provided an assist from a set piece.


The Warriors midfielder was again in the thick of things in a 3-nil win over Malawi, scoring his third goal of the campaign as Zimbabwe sealed qualification to Gabon.


Having sealed qualification, Billiat was rested for the away trip to Guinea.


The man bred in Mufakose has also been a star for Mamelodi Sundowns helping his team win the 2015-2016 ABSA premiership and Telkom Knockout Cup.


As a result of his feats for Sundowns, Billiat picked up three honours at the PSL awards, being named Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and the Best Midfielder of the Season.


Billiat also took his remarkable form to Africa where top performances saw him help Mamelodi Sundowns win a maiden CAF Champions League title.


His feats on the African safari saw him nominated among the 3 best African players based in Africa, eventually ending as the second best African player of the year based in Africa at a ceremony held in Abuja, Nigeria.


Billiat will now be looking to carry his club form to the African stage where he represents his country for the first time at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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written by Obvie Dee, January 12, 2017
Pasuwa should avoid the ultra-defensive style which he used in the friendly against Cameroon coz we cannot beat our opponents on speed when they happen to escape from their half.

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