Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung says head coach Ernst Middendorp was out of order by questioning Khama Billiat’s appearance for Zimbabwe.

The 29-year old made a last-minute decision to join the Warriors camp and featured in the 3-1 victory over Somalia on Tuesday which saw the team progressing through to the group stages of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Middendorp, however, seemed unhappy with Billiat’s involvement for the entire 90 minutes considering the concerns surrounding his progressive recovery from a knock.

The winger has managed just two appearances for his club since the start of the season.

In response, Motaung who played a big role in bringing the Zimbabwe international to the club last year has criticised the coach’s sentiments.

Speaking on South African radio, SAFM, on Friday, the manager said: “Unfortunately I was not there when the coach made those statements, but I think he must understand the rules.

“I don’t know why he raised that issue because rules are rules. Even if a player is injured, he has to report for camp.

“If the doctors in the camp do their assessment, they then make the call. National call-ups are national call ups, there are no qualms about it, no debate. The club has no right to refuse players to go to camp.

“I think it’s uncalled for that the coach made that statement and we will deal with this matter internally with the coach.”



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