Chicken Inn coach wary of ‘dangerous’ Billiat

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas expects a back lash from Mamelodi Sundowns when they travel to South Africa to face the Brazilians in the return leg of the Caf Champions League match.

Chicken Inn will have a slight advantage in the second match after registering a 1-0 victory over Sundowns in the first leg.

The sides will meet in the second leg of the Champions League tie in two weeks’ time.

Antipas has singled out Khama Billiat as a threat when the two sides meet in Tshwane on the weekend of February 26-28.

“The good thing is that we did not concede at home, but we still expect a tough encounter when we go to South Africa, particularly because Khama will be back. Sundowns is a good side, but when Khama is in there they are even more dangerous. He is their main man. We just have to make a plan for him and make sure that if he plays we are able to snuff him out,” Antipas told Zimbawe’s NewsDay.

Antipas stated that they are travelling to South Africa to represent the local football supporters that came out to support them on Saturday against Sundowns. He also confirmed that the club already had a plan to prepare players for the conditions they will be subjected to when playing in South Africa.

“For now we have to enjoy this win and we are indebted to the Highlanders and Dynamos supporters who were behind us on Saturday. I am very proud of the way the guys played. We stuck to our game plan and it worked for us. We wanted to snuff their suppliers and we did that well. Here we played as a unit and everyone gave 100 percent. We will be hoping for more of the same in the second leg. Only if we had scored a couple of goals we would have been more comfortable. The problem for us is that in South Africa we will play under the lights and most of our players here have never been exposed to that, so we will try and have as many training sessions in the evening as possible.”

Billiat, who missed Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Zimbabwe’s Chicken Inn, could make return to the side when they take on Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday evening.

Billiat suffered the injury setback in Sundowns’ midweek league match against Orlando Pirates.

He was involved in two of the goals scored by Sundowns on the night. He provided the assist to Leonardo Castro for the first goal, before scoring the second in their 2-1 win over Bucs at the Orlando Stadium.

“The team doctors have confirmed that the midfielder is receiving treatment and looks likely to be back for The Brazilians’ next league match against Golden Arrows,” read a media statement on the club’s website.



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