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Nedbank Cup: Royal Eagles coach Mohafe reveals plan to stop Kaizer Chiefs dangerman Billiat

3:53 PM GMT 07/02/2020
Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs August 2019
The KwaZulu-Natal side is hoping to emulate their NFD rivals Galaxy, who caused an upset against Amakhosi last season
Royal Eagles coach Phuthi Mohafe says they are unfazed by the return of Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat.

The National First Division (NFD) side will be away to Amakhosi in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at FNB Stadium on Saturday. 

Billiat is one of the best attackers in the country and the Zimbabwean player is expected to make his first appearance in 2020 for Chiefs after recovering from an injury. 

“Fortunately with Billiat you know that he plays one way. His style of play is to receive the ball behind the defence. So, you need to cut the supply," Mohafe told the media.

"If we can’t cut the supply from Lebogang Manyama, then we will be dead meat. So, we will cut the supply from the midfield so that he doesn’t hurt us."

Chiefs have been doing well in the PSL and they are placed at the top of the league standings, while relegation-threatened Eagles have been struggling in the NFD. 

“We will be playing Kaizer Chiefs, a team that is on fire. We are playing a team that is at the summit of the log and we are at the foot of our log standings and you will ask how is he going to do it?" he asked. 

"How can you beat that team when you are struggling with your own league? But people forget that we will be playing a cup match. Nedbank Cup is more like the FA Cup in England. Everyone showcases what he is capable of. Players want to win contracts of the big teams."

Amakhosi were stunned by Eagles' NFD rivals TS Galaxy in last season's Nedbank Cup final and Mohafe feels that his side is well prepared for the Soweto giants. 

“The preparation went well. We don’t have any injuries. We are just preparing on how Chiefs are playing," he added. 

"We don’t need to go there and beat Chiefs and then forget what is happening in our league but hopefully playing against them will motivate the players and we’ll return to form. 

“They are very deadly but you need to be aware of the supply. Is the supplier (Manyama) playing? If he is playing then that’s a question mark. Those deliveries that he puts in the box, we have to deal with them very well."