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Billiat set for Warriors return?

by Staff reporter
16 Jun 2024 at 04:06hrs | Views
Yadah Stars 1 - 1 Manica Diamonds
Former Warriors captain Khama Billiat's return to the national team seems likely after he was seen in discussion with interim coach Jairos Tapera following the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match between Yadah and Manica Diamonds. Billiat, who scored a crucial equaliser for Yadah, is expected to be included in the squad for the COSAFA tournament running from June 26 to July 7 in Durban, South Africa.

Billiat showcased his talent by scoring his fifth goal of the season with a header in the 63rd minute, equalizing after Charles Teguru had given Manica Diamonds the lead. Despite Manica Diamonds' strong performance, Billiat's goal prevented them from securing their 10th win in 11 matches.

Manica Diamonds coach Jairos Tapera expressed disappointment over dropping two points but remained optimistic about future matches. FC Platinum now leads the table with 31 points, following a 1-0 victory over Bulawayo Chiefs, who remain second with 30 points after their draw with Yadah.

FC Platinum's win was secured by Davison Marowa, who scored in the 38th minute. Despite creating several chances, both teams struggled with decision-making in the final third. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza acknowledged the team's performance issues but was satisfied with securing maximum points. Bulawayo Chiefs coach Thulani Sibanda noted their game plan was effective until a crucial mistake led to their defeat.

Elsewhere, Ngezi Platinum defeated Chicken Inn 3-0 at Baobab Stadium, with Obriel Chirinda scoring an injury-time goal on his debut.

This development comes as the national team prepares for the COSAFA tournament, with Billiat likely to be one of the few over-23 players included in the squad.

Ngezi Platinum led 2-0 at half-time through goals by Talent Chamboko in the 15th minute and Takunda Benhura after 27 minutes.

At Wadzanai Stadium, Simba Bhora eased to a 3-0 win over newcomers Arenel.

Warriors striker Tymon Machope scored a brace, while Mthokozisi Msebe scored the third.

Source - The Sunday Mail