Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has broken his silence
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has broken his silence on media reports that the club could take advantage on Khama Billiat before next season. With Billiat’s contract coming to an end in June, speculation is rife that he might be allowed to hitch any of the North African teams that have shown interest in his services. Zamalek, Al Ahly, and Wydad Casablanca have all been linked with possibly signing the Amakhosi talisman, but Hunt said it’s only the media that’s peddling false information about Billiat not being in his plans for the upcoming season. “He’s beat the plans. It’s only people such as you who will say he’s not within the plans,” Hunt told reporters. “I don’t know where the story comes from. he’s within the plans. So, we’d like to urge him fit,” he said. Billiat will soon be into the ultimate three months of his initial three-year deal signed with Chiefs back in 2018, though the club still holds an choice to extend his deal. Reports have sprung up in recent times that suggest he could also be one among the senior players offloaded over under-performance, which has contributed to the downward spiral of the club. However, Hunt has scoffed at the rumours that he might be released and guaranteed the Zimbabwean international’s importance as he nears a return from a lengthy injury layoff. “So, ja, he’s within the plans and that we got to get him fit. He had a broken leg, he’s jogging and running now, so hopefully within the next fortnight we will a minimum of get him a touch little bit of game time – 20 minutes here and there in some friendlies or something.” The club have yet to announce anything official regarding Billiat’s future but, following Hunt’s utterances, the club may look to activate his option or renegotiate a replacement deal soon. Hunt is hopeful of getting Billiat back in his Chiefs team within the next fortnight, saying the technical team will give the 30-year-old some game time when he returns. “He had a broken leg. he’s jogging now and hopefully within the next fortnight we will get him a touch [bit] of game time,” he confirmed. And it’s not only Billiat that Hunt is worried about. Leonardo Castro is another player that the 56-year-old mentor wants back to the team so as to offer Chiefs more options upfront. “We need Khama back. We’ve need to get Khama and Castro fit again. So, that they will increase the choices,” concluded Hunt.