Billiat, Ndoro can deliver Afcon glory

JOHANNESBURG - With only a few days into the South African Premier Soccer League action, there is already talk that this season might turn out to be a contest between reigning best player of the season Khama Billiat and in-form Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro.

The two strikers, who will form a partnership in Gabon next year as Zimbabwe begin a campaign in Africa’s most elite tournament among the favourites, have literally carried their respective teams to the top of the continent and in Mzansi.

Billiat’s exploits with Mamelodi Sundowns have been expounded over and over again on this forum.

And with Ndoro scoring a magnificent hat-trick on Wednesday as Orlando Pirates tore Golden Arrows apart in the opening PSL match; Mzansi football lovers have wasted little time in starting to compare the two Zimbabweans.

Sundowns were last week voted Africa’s highest ranked team in CAF’s first club rankings and Pirates stormed to the top of the PSL after opening the account in scintillating fashion; and both teams owe their good fortunes to Billiat and Ndoro.

One of Mzansi’s respected columnists compared Billiat and Ndoro’s blossoming rivalry to that of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and his Real Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo.

While Messi and Ronaldo hail from different countries and continents, Billiat and Ndoro are all Zimbabweans plying their trade in the Absa Premiership.

Billiat, though a big fan of Ronaldo (in fact both strikers idolise Ronaldo), has been compared to Messi.

Small in stature, the Mamelodi Sundowns key man operates from the midfield and is very effective in front of goals where he has scored some crucial goals for the Brazilians.

The Harare-born Billiat is highly talented and on his day defenders need leg irons to stop him from terrorising them.

The fact that he was voted unanimously the best player in Mzansi last season was not a fluke. He earned his stripes.

Billiat can be handful. He has an amazing take-off speed, can twist and turn and has a powerful shot when in front of goals.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has described the tiny Hararian as a complete modern player.

On the other end, Ndoro whose sparkling form towards the end of the last season, earned him a cult status among the Buccaneers supporters has began where he left of last season.

His hat-trick for Orlando Pirates on Wednesday against Golden Arrows was from the top drawer.

Tall and gangling, critics say if he stays grounded, Ndoro might become one of the greatest strikers ever to come to the PSL shores.

And he has all the attributes to be among the greatest. Boasting speed, a cool head and lethal finishing, Ndoro can rise to become a demi-god among the Ghosts’ faithful.

His relationship with new Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral is said to be a marriage made in heaven.

Good in the air, coupled with good positioning inside the box, this is already turning out to be a potentially fantastic season for football fans.

One question though; Can the two convert their sparkling form when they travel to Gabon early next year and make the Zimbabwe Warriors the team to beat at the tournament?

Add the experience of Knowledge Musona and you just wonder why Zimbabwe cannot go all the way and win the Afcon title.

If they believe, if they want this title, then it is there for the taking.

Billiat and Ndoro can do this for their country of birth.

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