MAMELODI Sundowns star attacker Khama Billiat has welcomed a hectic Christmas period which includes a trip to Japan for the Fifa Club World Cup.
The 26-year-old has played non-stop football since August last year, and will continue to play a pivotal role for both Mamelod Sundowns and Zimbabwe over the next months heading into the New Year.
Sundowns kick-start a busy November/December period with a clash against Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium on Saturday, with plenty of Premier Soccer League (PSL) action to follow before they jet off to Japan on the 5th of December for the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup.
Having played for the Warriors’ in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match during the international break, Billiat again had no time to rest as his country sharpen their sword for the continental showpiece in Gabon.
He is now looking forward to the big game this weekend, against an Amakhosi side that have blown rather hot and cold this season.
“It is a big game. Chiefs are a good team and it is going to be tough for us,” Billiat told the media.
“In the end, those who take their chances will win the game. Although they lost in their last game, on their day Chiefs is a good team and we can’t take that away from them,” he said.
Moreover, Billiat expressed that he is in no mood to complain about the busy schedule, while also adding that he’s not worried about the lack of goals from him in the past month.
“This is what I always wanted, much better than sitting outside – crying. I just have to be strong mentally and hopefully I remain on the field for long,” he added.
Billiat continued: “It is not a concern. I am trying to play the best football to benefit the team. I am not trying to think about myself nor am I putting myself under pressure – I am just trying to be strong mentally, if the goals are to come they will come like they did last season.”
Billiat has also welcomed back Leonardo Castro. The Colombian forward is set to start on the bench against Chiefs, having successfully recovered from an ankle injury he sustained in a 3-1 MTN8 quarter-final win over SuperSport United. Advertisement
“He [Castro] is a good player. We missed him. He is very good in the air and we missed his height going forward and it is an addition to the team. He can score goals at any time and he helps the team. His presence is very vital,” Billiat concluded.