Middendorp not worried about Khama Billiat's form
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is confident that Khama Billiat and the rest of his side's frontline are close to returning to their best form.
Chiefs secured a welcome 2-0 win over Absa Premiership leaders Bidvest Wits on Wednesday, a much-needed bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns this past weekend, when they managed just one shot on target from 10 attempts the entire match.
Having vowed to improve his side's attacking performance after the lackluster effort against the Brazilians, Middendorp appeared to deliver on his promise as Leonardo Castro and Hendrick Ekstein both converted against Wits.
“As long as we are capable of producing possibilities and options to score – and we had a lot on Saturday [against Sundowns] – the rest will come. We will score,” said Middendorp.
“We have the players like Khama [Billiat], Bernard [Parker] and Ryan Moon is still waiting. Lebogang [Manyama] can also score out of the central midfield position.
“There are players that really can do the job, and you saw that in our second goal from Hendrick Ekstein, so that’s good.”
One player still showing signs of concern is Zimbabwean Billiat, who has yet to score since picking up a hat-trick against Zimamoto in their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg tie at the end of November.
Middendorp is confident there is no cause for concern, however.
“It’s normal. He’s a player with huge potential but, okay, we have the options and whether he plays until half-time or comes from the bench, we will bring him back to [form]. He has huge value for us,” he said.