ZIFA desperate to have Billiat come out of retirement

ZIFA desperate to have Billiat come out of retirement
Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Dec 12, 2021. 13:00

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is working hard to convince key attacker Khama Billiat to make a u-turn on his decision to retire from international football.

The 31-year-old forward announced the end of Warriors career last month, breaking the news the day after Zimbabwe wrapped up their unsuccessful 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia.

At the time, Billiat claimed he was retiring to allow room for young talent to blossom for the Zimbabwe national team.

However, ZIFA are very keen to have Billiat join the Warriors at the Africa Cup of Nations, which will see Zimbabwe take on Senegal, Malawi and Guinea in the group stage of the tournament, running from January 9 to February 6.

National team manager Wellington Mpandare said that the Zimbabwe football authorities are considering sending a high powered delegation to South Africa, where Billiat plays for Kaizer Chiefs, to talk face-to-face.

“It’s work in progress, we will pay him a visit soon,” Mpandare told Soccer24, as quoted by iHarare.

He added, “Visiting him is one of the many options around and virtual is another available, we will make a decision on that. We will take the best option available.”

Billiat has not yet commented on ZIFA’s desire to have home come out of retirement.

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