Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has leaped to star striker Khama Billiat’s defense following criticism that he has dipped in form.
Billiat, 29, has made just 10 starts in 22 league outings under the mentorship of Ernst Middendorp, scoring a single goal during the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign.
Khanye came to Billiat’s defense, labeling those who lamented the Zimbabwean international’s form as people who ‘don’t understand football’.
“People who are criticizing Khama Billiat don’t understand football. Khama Billiat is a good player, better than all those players that are there (at Chiefs) for me, ” Khanye told Soccer Laduma.
“The boy is very dynamic and is good with both feet. Also, and most importantly, he’s got the ability to score goals.”
Similar to what a former Mamelodi Sundowns legend said with regards to Billiat being complemented, Khanye echoed those sentiments that Billiat needed to be surrounded by players that are as good as he is to shine at his best.
“People should remember that for a player to be a superstar he should be surrounded by players similar to him. At Sundowns he was surrounded by superstars like Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly and Mshishi [Themba Zwane], and it was easy for him to shine as he was playing with players similar to him, ” Khanye said.
“Now, are people judging him based on what? Just look at the system that he has been playing in – the 4-3-3, it doesn’t suit him. The system doesn’t allow for creativity and is forcing players like Khama to be static.
“You need three or four other Khamas for Khama Billiat to show again who he really is, ” the former Amakhosi dribbling wizard observed.
Since joining the Glamour Boys, Billiat has yet to hit his peak, with his progress having been halted by injuries throughout.