MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has stated that the manner in which players ‘target’ Khama Billiat, and fears the midfielder may not last the season.
The Zimbabwe international is known for his quick feet and fancy footwork, although that often results in defenders resorting to ‘skop-and-donner’ tactics to halt his charges down the field.
Mosimane, though, is concerned by the frequency of tackles on his star playmaker, telling his club’s official website: “Billiat has been turned into a target, and we are worried by the number of fouls committed against him.
“At this rate, he will not last the whole season.”
The coach added: “It is to be expected and nobody is saying the player should not be tackled legitimately. And, of course, there will be the unintentional harsh tackle as well, and because of his style of play, this is to be expected.
“However, in reviewing our matches, it has become clear to us that this is more than just seeking to legitimately stop the player and win the ball. It seems some players deliberately set out to injure the player – so where is the fair play?
“Sometimes, the referees have protected him, as they should every other player on the field. Players have been given yellow cards for senseless attacks where the opponent has no intention of going for the ball.
“This is what is wrong. In some cases, players have received red cards, and that is how it should be.”