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Billiat's Retirement A Huge Setback For The Nation - Katsande

Billiat's Retirement A Huge Setback For The Nation - Katsande

Sekhukhune United midfielder and former Warriors captain Willard Katsande says Zimbabwe will miss Khama Billiat following the forward’s surprise decision to retire from international football just seven weeks before the start of the AFCON finals.

Billiat on Monday announced his exit from the Warriors fold after playing as captain in the last two games of a disastrous 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Katsande, who played with Billiat at both club level with Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs and in the national team, reckons Billiat’s retirement is a setback for the nation. He said:

For me, the national team is going to miss his services because he was vital and influential to the group especially now at a level where he was a senior player and captain like he was for the past two games.

So, obviously, they have lost an important player not only for the team but for us as a nation because we really wanted him going towards the AFCON.

Losing a player like him in a short space of time before the biggest African showpiece starts is a big setback for the entire nation.

The Mutoko-born strongman, who also retired from international football at a similar age as Billiat (31), hopes the Kaizer Chiefs winger will reconsider his decision. Said Katsande:

I can relate with mine (decision) as well when I retired (from international football) I was at a similar age (31) and I felt like it was my time to step down but hearing that people still wanted my service I had to consider coming back.

I hope he is going to consider coming back but we don’t have to rush him because we need to respect his decision and wait to hear from him about what made him take this decision.

Whether Billiat returns to the Warriors for the AFCON finals or stands by his decision, Zimbabweans should celebrate the legacy that he has left in the national team, Katsande added.

More: H-Metro


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12 Comments

Luckmore 6 months ago

Well done khama. Usaterere vanokuvenga,ava. Ndiwe wakamutsa team ye ma worriors iwe


Luck more 6 months ago

My comment is that. Let's not blame that guy. Idid very well. Kama billiat. Thank you khama


Ghetto yut 6 months ago

Hobho vafana vanotamba bhora rongekai muone nxaaaaa musiyei uyo azorore


Chamatams 6 months ago

Biliary chii
Aaaa anga apera uya. You were over rating him. Ndosaka aka resigna Int. Football. Hapana chaanga akuiitawo uya, kupera chaiko. Goooop!!! Usadzoke. Warriors will always be there. Fakoro.


taneta 6 months ago

Anogona bhora ariku South chete kuma warriors zvakaramba kuona kwangu ini


Shadows 6 months ago

Lyf has to go on. Peter ndlovu akatosiyawo wani BT pakatobuda vamwe ana musona. Bye bye khama. Go never come back. U were selfish. Thanx for yo contribution


Tanaka21 6 months ago

Anga atoperawo uyo


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Simukai 6 months ago

Haana basa billiat uyo nyika yakakurisa iyi tichawana vamwe anga atoperawo hake.


Kadengu5 6 months ago

Haiwawo tibvireipo. He was actually becoming a liability to the team. Asi aifunga kuti achagwadamwa. Infact, I think ese maold madhara must retire and pave way for the young blood. Dai takaita qualify with him being the leading scorer taitobatikana. The likes of him wakangofanana neZIFA board. Next news dzenyu imi ana Katsande naBhiriadhi will be headlines matsukutwa tuma savings twenyu nenjuzu dzeJoni sezvakaitwa umwe wenyu manje manje apa. Dzikamai.


Gogodera 6 months ago

Haaaaaaaàaaaaaaa

jnjuga dzarema 6 months ago

Ngaadzoke atambe hake mkomana


Ngwendeza 6 months ago

Ndaabaye inga team yaingorohwa wani arimo mugame 90minutes


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