I couldn't believe I scored - Khama

HARARE - Zimbabwe midfielder Khama Billiat says he was surprised when his cross evaded Malawi goalkeeper MacDonald Harawa and went in during Saturday 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blantyre. 

With the scores tied at 1-1 during the Group L encounter at Kamuzu Stadium, Billiat won possession on the before charging towards the Flames goal seven minutes from time.

The Mamelodi Sundowns winger was near the touch line when he tried to find striker Cuthbert Malajila inside the box with a cross.

The cross’ trajectory, however, deceived Harawa resulting in the ball floating into the net.

The goal turned out to be the winning goal as an ill-prepared Warriors side which had arrived in Blantyre only hours before the match emerged with a 2-1 victory.

“I was trying to cross the ball but fortunately luck was on my side. I was really shocked when the ball went in. As you could see I even failed to celebrate properly,” Billiat said yesterday.

The Aces Youth Soccer Academy graduate applauded the character shown by his teammates as they endured a tough trip to get to Blantyre.

The Warriors refused to board their plane to the Malawian capital last Thursday as they demanded their allowances and match fees.

Zimbabwe finally left on Friday shortly before midday by road after the intervention on Walter Magaya, leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries.

“I can only say this was a team effort. We fought very hard and this is the only result you can get if you fight for each other,” said Billiat.

“After all that has happened, we showed that we are professionals and we put our problems behind us to focus on the game. As professional players, we always want to do our best when we enter the stadium.”

The Warriors next assignment in Group L is a home match against the high fancied Guinea, who list 2-1 to Swaziland on Friday night in Casablanca.

Billiat said: “This is a great start for our campaign. When you start with a win, it shows that we have got potential and there is no excuse for us when we play at home. We need to have proper preparations. We’ve got a very good squad with players like Knowledge (Musona) and Cuthbert (Malajila), who can score goals.

“For us, we are not relaxing and we know that against Guinea it’s going to be a different game. We are not looking much into their result against Swaziland because we know the Guinea game is going to be hard.

“We can’t relax because we are playing at home. It’s going to be a more difficult game for us because we have set a high standard and everyone knows we are capable of winning.We now need to maintain that winning mentally and collect maximum points especially when we are playing at home.”

Comments (2)

GO WORRIORS GO...

nasty o - 17 June 2015

Well done to the worriors, however the team still requires some tweaking, for instance there was no play-maker, Danny Phiri and Tinashe Katsande are both defence minded midfielders, there was noone to really thread good passes to malajila, billiat and musona, pfumbidzai clearly struggled to contain his man and were we playing against good opposition then surely we would have been punished, a taller central defender is required, maybe we need to convince Costa Nhamoinesu to come, last year's soccer star should also be given a chance, and finally the issue of allowances must be sorted out once and for all,

Rugare Chakanyukwa - 17 June 2015

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