Kaizer Chiefs winger Khama Billiat could be in trouble with his coach following the decision to play in the Warriors’ second leg of the World Cup qualifier against Somalia on Tuesday.
The 29-year old had missed action due to injuries and has managed just two appearances for his club since the start of the season.
He was initially dropped from the Warriors squad for same reasons, and after suffering a defeat in the first leg, coach Joey Antipas quickly re-called him for the return fixture.
Billiat jumped at the opportunity and scored the winner which sent Zimbabwe to the group stages of the qualifiers.
But Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp seems unhappy with Billiat’s decision considering the concerns surrounding his progressive recovery from injury.
According to Kick-Off.com, the gaffer said: “It’s not about being impressed [with his performance]. We were not able as the club to use the player for a full 90 minutes at all until now.
“Now, running into [such a game] – I understand – serving his country and so on, that is why I’m saying ask the player, how is he capable three days later to do something responsible?
“I have my own idea about it, I have my own way when I’m talking about loading; what is the idea behind effective training loading and structure.
“One idea behind [this] is to keep and to get the players totally injury-free, and secondly the idea is to try as much as possible to get the player to certain competitiveness that they can contribute to team performance. So, now the rest you can put [thought] into yourself.”