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Billiat set to play against Highlands despite second gunpoint robbery in three years

Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat is set to play against Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 despite being a victim of a robbery at gunpoint on Thursday evening.

It is the second time the Zimbabwean has been robbed at gunpoint in three years, having had a similar fate befell him in February 2017 at an Engen Garage in Kyalami while on the books of Mamelodi Sundowns at the time.

However, Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says that Billiat is in the right mental condition to take the field when the Amakhosi tackle the Lions of North at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“Good news is that attacker Khama Billiat is available for selection… We had a discussion with Khama, and he is fine… We watched him and at pre-match he looked fine. We are confident he is ready to play if selected," said the Glamour Boys tactician.

“Everyone is available… The players that aren’t available are involved in a carefully crafted programme. Youngsters like Njabulo Blom and Siyabonga Ngezana have some small niggles, so there was no need to call for their services for this round. Reeve Frosler as well, though has three yellow cards, we have decided to put him on a programme as well."

Meanwhile, on their opponents, the German said: “Highlands Park looked good against Bidvest Wits on Wednesday. They played well especially in the first half; they were dangerous. They are a good side and we will respect them.”