Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs

Khama is headed for Egypt. Image: @iDiskiTimes/X.

Khama Billiat reveals challenges of remaining sidelined at Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat has explained the mental challenges of dealing with a niggling injury at Naturena

Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs

Khama is headed for Egypt. Image: @iDiskiTimes/X.

Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat has revealed his ordeal after dealing with a long- term injury, saying it’s not easy to get back to his best.

The Zimbabwean national explained that it is mentally challenging for him to return to his best as he hopes to help Amakhosi finish second in the DStv Premiership.

Fresh from a 1-0 loss at the hands of Sekhukhune United last weekend, coach Arthur Zwane is preparing his men to face Chippa United.

They will be seriously gunning for nothing but the full three points in Gqeberha to challenge for the number two position, but they will miss Billiat’s services.

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The gifted attacker was ruled out owing to what he initially thought was a small knock, but it turned out to be an injury that will sideline him for more than three months now.

Formerly on the books of Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town in the South African top flight, ‘King Khama’ stated that he got the knock at training and thought nothing of it until the pain grew.

The South African understands that the 32-year-old was later diagnosed with what the club’s physiotherapist David Milner described as a sportsman’s hernia.

“It is straining sometimes when you watch the team, and you feel like you need to contribute.”

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“But the only thing you can do is pray for the guys and speak to them before games and be involved within the group.”

“Speaking to them might help some of the guys because we need each other. The rehab has gone well so far. I have been exercising to strengthen the area and now I am starting to jog outside.”

“It has been a difficult process… But now I am jogging, and it is a good sign. I got injured when we had just come back from the December (November) break. I picked up a small knock while we were training, and I thought it was one of those little knocks that happen in training.”

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According to the club’s physiotherapist, Milner explained in the clip the talented playmaker is recovering well, and he had to go under the knife.

The experienced physio has also confirmed that the former CAF Champions League winner with Masandawana will be out for 12 weeks.

“We gave him six weeks of conservative treatment to try and get it to settle down. But unfortunately, he didn’t respond well to that and needed surgery,” explained Milner.

“The type of surgery that was done is called sportsman’s hernia repair. They have to go into the tissue and tighten up the structure around there, which loosens up a bit.

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“The normal recovery process from that is eight to 10 weeks. He is progressing quite nicely. We have him on the pitch now running.”

“It is going to get uncomfortable when he starts training, and it will be niggling for a while. But he will be back to 100% after 12 weeks.”

Meanwhile, the Glamour Boys will set their sights on the struggling Chilli Boys, whom they visit at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday afternoon.