Khama Billiat, a former Warriors midfielder, claims that the suspension of the legal Zimbabwe Football Association board by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is damaging the careers of local football players.
Last year, the SRC, the local sports regulator, suspended the Felton Kamambo-led Zifa executive board due to unproven claims, including the theft of public funds.
Except for Kamambo and two other individuals, the SRC has recently restored several of the Zifa executive board members.
Fifa is insistent that Kamambo must be restored before the suspension can be rescinded, however.
The new Zifa board headed by Gift Banda has been told by the organisation that they would not be recognised.
Kaizer Chiefs player Billiat claims that the country’s exclusion from international football had a bad effect on local players, many of whom had hopes of playing overseas.
No local players left the Limpopo region to sign with any South African team during the transfer window that ended last week, which is an uncommon.
No local players left the Limpopo region to sign with any South African team during the transfer window that ended last week, which is a rarity.
The attacker told the South African media, “There are a lot of excellent players who need to play in the national team to acquire recognition.”
Therefore, he said, “It’s not a great thing to have talented players who deserve to play in higher leagues but are constrained because of the exposure.
One of the athletes who immigrated to South Africa at an early age and went on to become well-known is Billiat.
He played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town before joining Kaizer Chiefs.
While he had great success at Sundowns, things have not gone as well for him at Chiefs since he hasn’t yet assisted the squad in taking home any hardware. But he thinks that this season they can get it right.
“I want to win something every season. I keep putting in a lot of effort towards it, both on my own and with the team,” he remarked.
The Glamour Boys dropped their first game of the year, but they bounced back on Tuesday night to defeat Maritzburg United 3-0 with two assists from the Warriors.
“It seems promising. I want to perform better than I ever have. I’m always trying to get better.
Early this year, Billiat ended his career in international football. He claimed he made the choice to prioritise his club football.
“It always simplifies things. You travel less (for national team duty) and have more time to rest and recover as a result. It helps that all you have left to concentrate on is the club.
The time had come, according to Biliat, “for me to give other players a chance in the national team.”