Absa Premiership

Middendorp not worried about Billiat's form

2019-01-11 09:07
Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is confident that Khama Billiat and the rest of his side's frontline are close to returning to their best form.

Chiefs secured a welcome 2-0 win over Absa Premiership leaders Wits on Wednesday, a much-needed bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns the past weekend, when they managed just one shot on target from 10 attempts the entire match.

Having vowed to improve his side's attacking performance after the lacklustre effort against the Brazilians, Middendorp appeared to deliver on his promise as Leonardo Castro and Hendrick Ekstein both converted against Wits.

“As long as we are capable of producing possibilities and options to score – and we had a lot on Saturday [against Sundowns] – the rest will come. We will score,” said Middendorp as quoted by KickOff website.

“We have the players like Khama [Billiat], Bernard [Parker] and Ryan Moon is still waiting. Lebogang [Manyama] can also score out of the central midfield position.

“There are players that really can do the job, and you saw that in our second goal from Hendrick Ekstein, so that’s good.”

One player still showing signs of concern is Zimbabwean Billiat, who has yet to score since picking up a hat-trick against Zimamoto in their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first-leg tie at the end of November.

Middendorp is confident there is no cause for concern, however.

“It’s normal. He’s a player with huge potential but, okay, we have the options and whether he plays until half-time or comes from the bench, we will bring him back to [form]. He has huge value for us,” he said.

 

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Fixtures
Saturday, 03 August 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Stellenbosch, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Cape Town City, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Wits, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 04 August 2019
Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs, Makhulong Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Black Leopards v Polokwane City, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Wits v Baroka FC, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
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