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Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat accepts pressure ahead of Soweto Derby

2:30 PM GMT+4 09/02/2019
Kaizer Chiefs Khama Billiat, November 2018
The Amakhosi attacker enjoys the pressure exerted on the team by the supporters and says it comes with playing for a big club

Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat says he is aware that playing for the Soweto giants means they must be prepared to thrive under pressure.

The Zimbabwean attacker will spearhead Amakhosi’s attack as they meet rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon, saying he wants to bring smiles to the Glamour Boys.

“For me, I look at it positively, and I am sure that my teammates do as well,” Billiat said.

With Chiefs having lost two times to the Buccaneers in all competitions this season, the 28-year-old attacker says it is good that the supporters expect him to trouble the opposing defence.

Although he is yet to replicate the form that made him one of the most feared players in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) whilst in Mamelodi Sundowns’ colours, but Billiat is confident they can inflict pain on their counterparts.

“It could be worse if I went into this game without people expecting something from me,” he added.

“From the day you join this club, the expectations are high – even if you play a friendly game, you have to do something. We enjoy pressure, it is beautiful. And when you are successful, it is positive,” said the Zimbabwean international.

On the other hand, Billiat says he enjoys providing assists than to find the back of the net for the Naturena-based club and although he scored in the previous PSL derby against Pirates in October last year, he says he feels good when laying the ball to a teammate.

“Everyone likes to score, but at the end of the day, the team comes first. But for me, I really enjoy assisting more than scoring. It makes me feel good,” he concluded.

Moreover, eyes will be on coach Ernst Middendorp’s starting line-up especially in the goalkeeping department where Chiefs have been exposed.

The Soweto giants have signed Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United to solve their concerns resulting from Virgil Vries’ blushes who took the number one shirt since Itumeleng Khune’s shoulder injury.

However, the Namibian international has conceded goals through howlers leaving the Herman mentor unhappy with his errors.