Kaizer Chiefs kingpin Khama Billiat’s decision to retire from international was influenced by issues that happened through his time with The Warriors.
Billiat surprisingly walked out of the Zimbabwe national team exactly a year ago ahead of the AFCON finals in Cameroon.
The timing of the decision was as strange as it was shocking as he suddenly chose to only focus on his club career at Chiefs where his form has been questioned.
"For Khama to retire from the national team it was because of the Croatian coach who didn’t like him," says a source in reference to Zdravko Logarusic.
Logarusic won just a single game from 14 in charge of The Warriors and was sacked in September last year and two months later Billiat called time on his international career.
"The Croatian just didn’t like Khama at all which led to a misunderstanding.
"That he (Logarusic) didn’t like Khama was no secret and as he was forever hard on Khama.
"He was told that he will never get the best out of Khama if he is so hard on him because he will just sink into his shell and not perform.
"For Khama to perform you just need to give him love," he says while also revealing further insight about Billiat.
"Khama is a fragile player, and most people don’t know that.
"If he is affected, he doesn’t perform well.
"He doesn’t demand, and he doesn’t talk much as he prefers to keep quiet, but you will see on the field of play that he is not happy.
"And when he is happy it will also show as well in the way he plays.
"All that Khama needs is love and in that kind of atmosphere, he will perform.
"If you give Khama that kind of atmosphere then the boy will perform for you but then if the environment is not supportive and appreciative of his abilities then you won’t get the best out of him," says the source.
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