Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp clarified
that Khama Billiat was injured and was forced to be replaced in the Amakhosi's
1-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Saturday.
A goal in the 50th minute by Dumisani Zuma gave the Soweto
giants maximum points and moved them into sixth position on the Absa Premiership table.
A big talking point after the game however was that star
forward Khama Billiat was substituted at the half-time interval with teenager
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who was making his debut in the league.
Middendorp said Billiat suffered an injury and that Ngcobo
played a part in the only goal of the game.
The Chiefs mentor said after the game: "We needed a
different approach. We had some moments where I'm missing someone to drive into
"He (Billiat) was injured. We have to give him a little
bit of time. I know he's a fantastic player, but it didn't work to our
"I decided to bring in another type of player in the
centre with Bernard Parker co-operating with a little more power and more
heavyweight, and with Ngcobo and Zuma light-footed from the side.
"The inverted position from Zuma brought us a goal.
Kaizer Chiefs next face Superpsort United on Friday, March
Kick-off is at 20:00.