Zimbabwe forward and Mamelodi Sundowns talisman Khama Billiat has once again been rested for the Warriors friendly international against Tanzania with coach Callisto Pasuwa insisting there is need to continue managing one of his key players ahead of the African Cup of Nations finals early next year. The Warriors will host the Taifa Stars at the National Sports Stadium on November 13.
Pasuwa, who will name the locals that will face Zambia this afternoon revealed yesterday that he will once again rest Billiat, arguing that the forward “needs to be rested at every opportunity that we can get’’ ahead of the Nations Cup finals.
Speaking to The Herald Pasuwa said,
When you look at the way things are with the FIFA Club World Cup also coming in December you can see that we have to rest him once again. It is important to help in managing him so that he can be as fit and as fresh as possible for us when we need him for the more important matches. Just like most of his teammates at Sundowns, Khama has played non-stop football over a year and we have to be really understanding and sympathise with the youngman.
The Warriors coach also revealed that although he was finalising the side to face Tanzania next week, he had once again kept his options open and extended invitations to the England-based pair of Burnley’s Tendai Darikwa and Macauley Bonne who plays for League Two outfit Colchester,
I have been calling these players for all our assignments right from the start of the qualifiers, but we have kept on receiving different excuses from the youngsters. My policy is to give a chance to every Zimbabwean and that is why I had also called up Brendon Galloway, but he chose to play for the England Under-21. Darikwa told us he was sorting his wedding, then he said he was divorcing and we will give him another chance to come for the game against Tanzania. Bonne showed commitment by coming for the friendly match we played against Morocco away and he has been trying to sort his passport issues so hopefully he can make it again.