Afcon2019: Khama boosts Warriors

By Wellington Toni

THE Warriors could all but secure a place in the 2019 Total
Africa Cup of Nations finals when they face Congo in Brazaville on
Sunday with good news in camp of the availability of starman Khama
Billiat.
The Kaizer Chiefs man suffered an aggravated hamstring while playing
in South Africa against SuperSport United on Saturday where they lost
1-0 to bow out 3-2 on aggregate in the MTN 8 semi-finals.
But having arrived in Zimbabwe at the start of the week, Billiat was
seen by the Warriors team doctors who declared him fit for the jungles
of Congo, describing his injury as mild. He did not train on Tuesday
with the rest of the team but is expected to take part in light
exercises on Thursday and Friday.
The Warriors depart for Brazaville on Friday afternoon.
Team doctor Somani Mudariki said Billiat’s injury was not as serious
as previously thought.
“The injury is mild. It’s not severe. We are treating him and he will
soon start light training and we will see how he will cope with the
load of training. We are optimistic that he will be ready for Sunday’s
match,” Mudariki said.
Costa Nhamoinesu, Marvelous Nakamba and Ovidy Karuru have already
withdrawn from the squad due to injuries and Billiat’s absence could
have compounded coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s woes as they seek to
maintain a tight grip on the log.
Zimbabwe lead Group G ahead of second-placed Democratic Republic of
Congo, who have the same number of points as the Warriors, while Congo
and Liberia are winless going into the second round of matches.
Chinese-based striker Nyasha Mushekwi also added to the good vibes in
camp when he announced his availability and is expected in Harare on
Wednesday together with skipper Knowledge Musona from Belgium.
Musona netted a memorable hattrick against Liberia in the opening
round of matches in Harare inJune and this is the momentum expected
from the national team going forward.
Two teams qualify for the continental event, but the Warriors cannot
afford to leave it until late to ensure they have one foot in
Cameroon.
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa was confident they would bring a
positive result, although even a point away from home would be
welcome.
“We know the expectation and we are going to try and bring a good
result. A good result can be a point or three points. Congo are one
the strongest sides in the African game and we have to try hard to get
a positive result,” he said.

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