Solinas and Tembo: PSL Coaches Praise Khama Billiat

Johannesburg - Italian coach Giovanni Solinas has once again hailed Khama Billiat as the best player in the South African Premier Soccer League.

SuperSport United mentor Kaitano Tembo also praised the Warriors international, after he put on a fine performance that helped Kaizer Chiefs secure a vital MTN8 semi-final, first leg draw against Tembo’s outfit.

“Khama is the best player in the PSL in my opinion, and Castro as well, I like both of them. I am very happy about the score, in my opinion we played very well but maybe not the first half.

“In the first half the players were a bit afraid but in the second half we became braver and we scored so in my opinion we played a brilliant game,” said Solinas .
Khama Billiat

“Khama is an intelligent player, he can identify spaces he can run into and he gave us problems today but I think in terms of our overall performance we played well.

“We scored some two good goals, gladly and I think the fight is still on, we’re still going to go there, the fight is not over yet,” Tembo said.

Billiat thrust Chiefs into a 19th minute lead before SuperSport United hit back with a quick-fire brace from man of the match Bradley Grobbler in the 24 and 38th minutes to give the home side a 2-1 lead at the break.

The Warriors forward, regarded as the highest paid player in South African football, then provided a sublime assist to strike partner Leonardo Castro a minute after the break to bring Chiefs back into the game.

Billiat, turning on easily his best performance since he joined Chiefs as a free agent at the start of the season also came close to adding to his tally on a couple of occasions as Amakhosi sought to take the advantage heading into the second leg at FNB stadium next weekend.

His exploits left his coach Solinas full of praise for both Billiat and his partner Castro. Billiat, a member of the Warriors side that will face Congo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Brazzaville early next month.

The Chiefs striker who has made a name for himself in South African football says he has no plans to let his team and the fans down in the second leg of the semi-final even though SuperSport had given them a tough afternoon.

“Firstly I want to thank God for the opportunity, it’s always great to get the opportunity to play football which is a game I love. The second half was definitely better and we reacted accordingly by doing what the coach had told us to do. We passed the balls in between and found each other,’’ Billiat said.

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