By Skilder Makona
Warriors’ striker Khama Billiat has once again proved his mettle after propelling his south African side, Kaizer Chiefs, to the CAF Champions League last 8 for the first time.
Saturday the 10th of April will go down memory lane for the Kaizer Chiefs faithfuls after the club sealed its first ever CAF Champions League quarter final berth.
A crucial 73rd minute strike by Warriors forward Khama Billiat to level matters with AC Horoya ensured Amakhosi progressed to the last 8 of the continental premier football showpiece.
The Zimbabwean who recently recovered from a leg injury which sidelined him since January, restored coach Gavin Hunt’s faith in him when he started in the decisive match.
With Billiat having been a subject of criticism since joining the Soweto-based club, his goal against AC Horoya was a perfect response to his drop in form.
The West Africans who twice went on the lead through YakhoubaGnagna on the stroke of half time and SekouCamara in the 69th minute could not safeguard their lead as the visitors forced a 2-2 stalemate.
Daniel Cardoso cancelled Gnagna’s effort when he converted a spot kick in the 67th minute before Billiat sealed Chiefs CAF Champions League quarter final berth courtesy of a superior goal difference but with the same of number of points as AC Horoya.
Billiat and his Chiefs teammates are now basking in glory as they have made history by becoming the first Amakhosi side to progress to the quarter finals of the prestigious continental football spectacle.