Zimbabwe Warriors star player Khama Billiat has sparked controversy after refusing to speak to the local media ahead of Tuesday’s match against Ghana. Zimbabwe is hosting Ghana in the return fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Group G at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Zimbabwe Warriors technical team kicked out all the local media from the National Sports Stadium where they were holding their final training session ahead of the match. Ironically, the Black Stars of Ghana allowed the media full access to their training session.
While the team’s attitude towards the media was criticized, Billiat was accused of vowing not to speak to the media. The star forward was criticized for his apparent arrogance by journalists. He was also accused of hypocrisy, for wanting the media to promote his exploits while not holding him accountable for his performances.
Speaking on the matter, sports journalist Farayi Machamire wrote,
Anyway, good riddance he is on his way out. He will soon be forgotten.
Billiat and the Warrior’s attitude towards the media have resulted in mixed reactions from Zimbabweans on social media. Some criticized the Kaizer Chiefs star and the Zimbabwe national team for their arrogance which does not seem to match their results on the pitch. However, others defended them, saying they are entitled to not speak to the media when they do not feel like it.