Khama Billiat aiming to build Kaizer Chiefs momentum ahead of AFCON

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Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat is hoping to finish the season on a high with one eye on the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Billiat is set to join Zimbabwe at the continental showpiece in Egypt in two months’ time and is looking to enter the tournament on a good note.

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But domestically, the 28-year-old has not quite been able to hit it off with Chiefs, having missed three of their last eight games due to little niggles and contributing just two goals since the end of January.

With only a hand full of games left in the season, he will have to pull up his socks in order to gather momentum, while winning the Nedbank Cup could also prove a massive confidence boost.

Ahead of this weekend’s semi-final against Chippa United, Billiat has admitted he will need put extra effort to get back to his best not only for the AFCON but because “you never know who is watching.”

“Definitely, it will give you confidence before AFCON and you’ll be on top of your game if you actually finish the season strong,” said the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker.

“Going to such a big tournament with a lot of confidence will help you, and it’s always a player’s aim to be on top of his game.

“Also, it’s not only for AFCON, you never know who is watching and what happens after, so every game and every time you’re given a chance, you need to be on top of your game – because you’re always as good as your last game.”