Khama Billiat has explained his controversial involvement in the Warriors’ game against Somalia on Tuesday.
The 29-year old was drafted into the match-day squad in the last minute and went on to play a big role in beating Somalia 3-1 to progress through to the group stages of the qualifiers.
But his Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp seemed unhappy with Billiat’s involvement for the entire 90 minutes considering the concerns surrounding his progressive recovery from a knock.
The player had missed action due to injuries and has managed just two appearances for his club since the start of the season.
Speaking to the club media on Thursday, the Zimbabwe international has cleared the air on the issue saying: “I wish to thank the club for acceding to the call-up.
“As you know I was nursing an injury, but the club and the national team management agreed to my release.
“We thought the match would provide a good platform to test my recovery.
“After all, it was a team effort and I am glad I contributed. Nothing comes close to representing the nation, especially if you consider the situation we found ourselves in.”
The winger, meanwhile, rejoined the team for training on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s clash against Polokwane City.
“I feel great,” he said. “I just did my regeneration this morning, and I am ready to play a role against City. I am looking forward to it.”