Khama Billiat is the latest member of the 38-man Warriors provisional squad to pull out of the 2021 Africa Cup on Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Botswana and Zambia later this month.
The Kaizer Chiefs winger has failed to recover in time for the crucial games, with Warriors’ manager, Wellington Mpandare saying Billiat’s unavailability is a major blow.
Mpandare revealed that Billiat’s doctor had advised them the forward will not be able to play in both fixtures. The Warriors manager said:
It’s a massive blow for the team and the nation, Billiat won’t be in the team due to injury.
We are always in touch with his doctor, the player won’t be ready by the time we play the games.
He is still down with an injury and is expected to be back at training on March 22. He will only be able to play on April 2.
We had been waiting for the report for some days, and his medical team has just confirmed the bad news.
We will have to do without him, unfortunately.
The Warriors are already without Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth), Brendan Galloway (Luton), Admiral Muskwe (Wycombe) and Tendayi Darikwa (Wigan Athletic) who are all based in England.
Zimbabwe take on Botswana, away on March 25, before hosting Zambia, at the National Sports Stadium, four days later.