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Billiat defiant ahead of Angola tie



Ajax Cape Town forward Khama Billiat has challenged Angola’s defenders to come and get him and says attention on him could work to the benefit of Zimbabwe’s cause in Sunday’s vital African Nations Cup qualifier.

The Premier Soccer League-based player will lead Zimbabwe’s attack alongside Knowledge Musona in Luanda as they seek to hold onto a 3-1 lead from the first leg of their African Nations Cup final round qualifier and book their place at next year’s final in South Africa.

Speaking on the eve of the game, Billiat said he was not fazed by special attention Angola were reportedly planning for him in the wake of his man of the match performance in the first leg.

“I’m not worried about how they are going to try and stop me from playing my normal game. It’s not something new to me. In fact I’m used to it and that’s why I’m always trying to improve my game with each and every match.

“In any case, if the Angolans try to unsettle me it could work to their disadvantage as it would allow my teammates to take advantage.”

Billiat expressed hope that Zimbabwe would hold onto their lead and qualify for the finals for the first time since 2006.

“Everyone is looking sharp and ready to go because there is a lot at stake. The boys understand how important it is to play for your country and how this game is important for us at this crucial stage.

“We know we are just 90 minutes away from realising our dream of playing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals and we all want to be part of history,” he told reporters.

“Playing in the tournament will be good not only for our football as a whole but also for our individual careers and we are looking forward to making sure we don’t miss out.”

Billiat is one of 10 players from South African clubs in the Zimbabwe squad for the trip to Luanda.

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