WARRIORS forward Khama Billiat has been declared fit to play in Sunday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Congo Brazzaville.Khama Billiat was declared fit to play on Sunday.
The Kaizer Chiefs man had been a major doubt to make the trip after he suffered a hamstring injury while playing in South Africa against SuperSport United on Saturday.
However, the medical team has allayed fears he might not play a part on Sunday.
Team doctor Somani Mudariki said Billiat’s injury was not as serious as previously thought.
He described the injury as “mild”, saying the player would be ready by Sunday.
“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.
The technical team has already seen the withdrawal of three key players — Costa Nhamoinesu, Marvelous Nakamba and Ovidy Karuru — due to injuries and the news on Billiat’s injury had come as a major blow ahead of the crucial tie.
Zimbabwe lead Group G ahead of second-placed Democratic Republic of Congo, who have the same number of points as the Warriors, while Congo Brazzaville and Liberia are winless going into the second round of matches.
Billiat, who watched yesterday’s training session from the sidelines, said he was happy with the progress he was making, as he battles to shake off the injury ahead of the trip.
“The medical team is taking care of me. What I can say is that I am happy with the progress and I hope I will be ready to play on Sunday,” the talismanic striker said.