By Angu Lesley
Football writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Kaizer Chiefs midfield maestro Khama Billiat has stated that his side’s reappearance in the CAF Champions league this season puts them in familiar territory.
Speaking in a recent interview before departure from South Africa, the 29-year-old Zimbabwe international emphasized on the quality of the South African giants.
In what will be the first fixture between both sides at the Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, is the first of a two-legged set of preliminary fixtures, with the second game taking place next week Friday at the FNB Stadium.
Billiat believes the competition is familiar territory.
“Yes I have played in the Champions League before with a couple of the guys and the team has played it played it before, so its nothing new,” Billiat stated.
The Amakosi are back in the competition for the first time in four years and Billiat believes it will be down to how they approach games.
“Every result will have a meaning behind, it will be down to how we approach each game. It is very important to know we are playing away or at home.”
The player equally praised the quality available for coach Gavin Hunt and believes it is time to leave a lasting impression on the continent.
“We have a good team, I feel like we need to go out there and challenge in Africa, take this team back where it belongs. It starts now. We needed this, we need to test ourselves with the big teams out there,” he continued.
Speaking about the quality in the squad the 2018 PSL player of the season emphasized on the need to be more strategic to get the young players integrate and get the results.
“We have alot of experience, we hope it will help the Club in managing the game and doing the right things that Champions League games need. It is a plus for us, everyone is looking good. We want to challenge ourselves and do the best.
The Glamour Boys are expected to arrive Cameroon this Friday morning- they flew out on Thursday night – first to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia – and will land in Douala in Cameroon on Friday morning. After that there is another 77km trip to the coastal town of Limbe, Sunday’s match venue.
Khama Billiat believes a good result will give more to the Club.
“It will mean alot to for me individually,” he concluded
The Amakosi have had to watch without ease in the past as rivals Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns make their fans proud in the CAF interclub competitions.
Chiefs lost their last game before departure to Cameroon on Tuesday against newly-promoted PSL side Swallow FC. The most successful Club in South Africa can boast of just two wins in eight games this season, scoring just five goals in that time.
They have also failed to win a silverware in the past five years and are hoping their seventh appearance in the CAF Champions league preliminary rounds marks the beginning of a new era in an already difficult season.