Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung says head coach Ernst Middendorp was out of order by questioning Khama Billiat’s appearance for Zimbabwe.
“Unfortunately I was not there when the coach made those statements, but I think he must understand the rules. I don’t know why he raised that issue because rules are rules. Even if a player is injured, he has to report to camp…If the doctors in camp do their own assessment, they then make the call. National call ups are national call ups, there are no qualms about it , no debate. The club has no right to refuse players to go to camp.. I think its uncalled for that the coach made that statement and we will deal with this matter internally with the coach”
“I wasn’t there yesterday unfortunately, but the coach knows the rules of the club and international call-ups. I don’t know why he raised that issue. Even if a player is injured he has got to report to camp,” Motaung said.
“If the doctors in camp also do their assessments, based on our reports, they then make the call. But there is no debate about national team call-ups. The club has no right to refuse the players going into camp. I think it was uncalled for that the coach made that statement and we will deal with the matter internally.”
In another statement issued shortly after Middendorp’s remarks yesterday, the club – on its website – quoted Billiat thanking them for releasing him to play for his country and helping him in his recovery to full fitness.
Billiat scored in the Warriors’ 3-1 win over Somalia to progress to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers after reversing a 1-0 defeat from the first leg.
Billiat’s stunner handing them a 3-1 win at home and a ticket to the next phase of qualification.