Khama Billiat unfazed

WARRIORS midfielder Khama Billiat says he is not worried about the special attention he is likely to receive from the Angolans in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 final football qualifier return leg at the November 11 Stadium in Luanda.

Report by Daniel Nhakaniso

The gifted Ajax Cape Town star was the chief architect in the Angolans’ downfall in the 3-1 first leg win at Rufaro Stadium after putting on a breathtaking display which he capped off with a brilliant goal. He was deservedly named the man-of-the-match.

Speaking after yesterday’s training session at the Italian Sports Club in the capital, Billiat said he was unfazed about the impending hostile reception.

“I’m not worried about how they are going to try to stop me from playing my normal game. It’s not something new to me. In fact, I’m used to it and that’s why I’m always trying to improve my game with each and every match so that I’m always a step ahead.

“In any case, if the Angolans try to unsettle me it could work to their disadvantage as it would allow my teammates to take advantage,” said a visibly confident Billiat.

The Aces Soccer Youth Academy product said instead, he was focused on remaining fit to ensure that he would be ready to deliver come Sunday.

“My only concern is that I must keep myself in good shape and remain fit so that I’ll be able to represent my country and hopefully do well.”

Billiat said the players were working hard at training and were fully aware that the Angolans would be motivated by playing in front of their home fans. The venue carries 50 000 fans.

“Everyone is looking sharp and ready to go because there is a lot at stake. The boys understand how important it is to play for your country and how this game is important for us at this crucial stage.

“We know we are just 90 minutes away from realising our dream of playing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals and we all want to be part of history,” said the Ajax Cape Town man.

“We know playing at Afcon is good not only for our football as a whole, but also for our individual careers and we are looking forward to making sure we don’t miss out.

“This is one of those games that you don’t need to be reminded how important it is because we know where we have come from and what we want to achieve for the nation. Some of the players, including me, might not have been in such a situation before, but I will make sure I take the opportunity and make sure I make the most of it.”

He admitted the Angolans would be a different team on Sunday as they had already called in Brazil-based Geraldo.

They have also called up five players from the Under-20 side that has qualified for the Africa Youth Championships.

“Obviously the Angolans will be a completely different team playing at home, but we are working hard to ensure we match them,” Billiat said. The Warriors trained twice at the Italian Sports Club yesterday with the second session graced by a full complement of players in the evening session.

The trio of Cyprus-based Noel Kaseke, Belgium-based Vusa Nyoni and South Africa-based defender Carlington Nyadombo sat out the morning training session after having arrived from their bases after the session had started. They, however, joined the rest of the team during the second session, which was also boosted by the arrival of Quincy Antipas, Archford Gutu, Onismor Bhasera and skipper Esrom Nyandoro.

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13 Responses to Khama Billiat unfazed

  1. peter October 10, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    cam on guys u cn mek t

    • Tackura October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Yes you can do it guys,we do understand how tough this match will be but having a good preparation will give us three points from Luanda.Believe me,the guys are almost there.Go warriors Go.We are behind you guys,nothing can stop you to get three points so this will need teamwork to achieve the good results.

      Tackura Mudyano.

  2. alick October 10, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    go out there and fight for a win. fight as if the score line is nil all. you can do it guys. they have called in new guys and so have we. there is nothing that they have that we dont. we can match them man for man in every department save for the terraces.

  3. ben October 10, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    go warriors go!! we are solidly behind you.my plea to the coaches is pliz let’s go there and attack as much as we can.i believe we have enough arsenal in attacking positions and i see no reason we should go there and sit back trying to defend,otherwise pressure will be too much and we may end up crumbling.attack from the onset and try to get an early goal and the angolans will be done with.pliz don’t adopt a defensive approach i repeat,it will be a disaster if we try to soak up pressure for the entire 90 minutes.

  4. silent observer October 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    The Mzansi 90 committee must seriously put aside money to pay Referees and they must have an advance team that arrives in Angola by Friday and try to book at the same hotel with the match officials – monitoring the situation or even try their level best to pay the referees!!!!!. Mark my words! Remember Manucho was introduced in the second half (75th minute) to be precise in the game in Harare. But within the short period he played, he caused 3 free kicks at dangerous positions!!! Now in 90 minutes, he is likely to get a PENALTY!!! Angola is well known for paying referees. Musazoti hatina kutaura!!! This is Africa and its not easy to win away from home.

  5. Tich October 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Go on guys,you gumbo and assistants you want to prove you can do it without our best player OVIDY KARURU ,may be luck will be on your side,but what u did is wrong .mabasa enyu akapera after luanda battle don’t regret.i have forewarned you .surely how can u sideline a utility player like karuru and call a bunch of nonsense.when opponents are calling all their best talent.

  6. justchiry October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Go khama billiat,Mr Gumbo thank you for the team but question is why KARURU SUCH A BRILLIANT YOUNG STAR HE WAS GOIN TO ADD VALUE TO THESE SPECIES YOU HAVE CALLED …BE CAREFUL UCHAMUDEMBA KARURU..KANA ARIMAPERSONNALLY DAI AKPERA INGA KNOWLEDGE AKAUYA WANI..HAA MUSADARO AMANA..ANGOLA HAVE CALLED ON THEIR BEST SO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE US LOOK THE BUNCH OF OLD GUYS ARE GOIN TO PLAY DEFENSIVE COZ THEY CAN NO LONGER RUN STRONGLY AS THE YOUNGSTERS THAT ANGOLA HAVE CALLED.keep a strong eye pana KASEKE BHORA RAKAGOHWA RIYA IT CAME THROUGH GAP RAAINGOSIYA..THEN KAPINI AKADA KUMUCOVER RAKAITA GO BHORA PLIZ..MAKE SURE..YOU PAY MUCH MUC H ATTENTION TO THIS MAN..AGAIN..THUMS PU TO KHAMA BILLIAT NAMUSONA FOR MAKING…

    • Cychoe October 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      lets just stop calling for player so and so. O Ovidi Kalulu labo you dont know why they were not called please just support the team. After all uvele is warming the bench anywhere. Be a positive Zimbabwean mfethu.

  7. Memory October 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I knw angola will do every trick in book to win.even to the exetent of buying the refrees.but i think an early goal by the warriors is goin to do some damage to all those dirty tactics.go warriors go.south africa here we come.

  8. peter gamanya October 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    with GOD everything is achievable ,no amount of football politics is going to stop us.May GOD OF PROTECTION HELP OUR TEAM. GO WARRIORS SCORE.IN JESUS NAME.

  9. riclief October 11, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Karuru must join the worriors please Rahman make sure. we need him as supporters or Gombo must go .

  10. riclief October 11, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    worriors are going to win 2-1

  11. Mkhust October 11, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    We are fully behind you Rush, we believe you can make it… Thatha warrior thatha!

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