Kaizer Chiefs’ return to action after a break stretching seven weeks will again thrust Khama Billiat into the spotlight as the club seeks to find a way of ending their long trophy drought.
Chiefs will host TS Galaxy in a last 32 tie of the Nedbank Cup next week as they chase the ultimate prize of lifting silverware for the first time since May 2015, when Stuart Baxter guided them to the league title before leaving.
Yet for Billiat the remainder of the season also carries value, with a personal goal-scoring target to reach.
For all his troubles at Chiefs, the Zimbabwean forward remains a prominent figure in domestic football.
With 95 goals to his name for his PSL career, he stands as the leading all-time scorer of all players still attached to a club in the DStv Premiership.
The big chase for him is on reaching 100 goals this season which means scoring another five goals in the league and Nedbank Cup games left for Chiefs to play this season.
AmaKhosi have played 16 in the league and have another two games, which they didn’t honour due to covid-19 related reasons in December, pending in the boardroom, leaving them with 12 confirmed games to play in the league.
How far they progress in the Nedbank Cup will also determine how many games they play in that knockout competition.
Billiat has had an encouraging run this term scoring six and providing another six in the 15 appearances that he has made.
All he needs to do to reach triple figures on the scoring charts is to just maintain his form, which has justified why the club handed him a two-year extension to his big-money deal at the beginning of the season.
Through the PSL era years Siyabonga Nomvete, Daniel Mudau, Mabhuti Khenyeza, Tico-Tico and Collins Mbesuma remain the only players to reach 100 goals playing for a South African top-flight club. Kickoff