Khama Billiat has come nowhere near the heights he previously scaled prior to his move to Kaizer Chiefs.
The form of Amakhosi star Billiat was again under the spotlight, following another lacklustre performance last Wednesday.
The Zimbabwean international played all 90 minutes in the 3-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic, again failing to make a notable impact on the proceedings.
The match, played on his 30th birthday, marked the 13th straight game he has completed without providing a goal or an assist.
Speaking after the game, Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp noted the player’s sharp dip in form.
“We know it’s not a great season from Khama, but he knows that he has huge potential. We can only support him and put him into the next movement and expect that he will do better,” said the German mentor
Billiat arrived at Chiefs on a free transfer after his contract at rivals Mamelodi Sundowns had expired.
At the Tshwane giants, he scored 47 goals and 43 assists in 140 matches across competitions, helping them to six domestic titles, as well the Caf Champions League in 2016.
Billiat’s best season at the Brazilians was the 2015/16 campaign, where he contributed to no less than 32 goals, netting 15 and providing 17 assists.
Since his arrival at Chiefs, he is yet to scale those heights, with his goal tally only just touching double digits.
The 2018/19 campaign, his first at the club, is by far his best in terms of returns.
In his debut campaign at Naturena, the 30-year-old bagged 11 goals in 38 fixtures across competitions, claiming ten assists.
In his sophomore year with the club, he looks, for all money, unlikely to surpass that haul.
The last time Billiat was involved in a goal in Kaizer Chiefs colours was in October 2019, when his touch led to Golden Arrows’ Nkosinathi Sibisi turning the ball into his own net to hand Amakhosi a 2-1 victory.
Since then, injury issues and lack of form have curtailed his progress, leading to just a single goal and two assists in the entire season.
Billiat is expected to feature in the matchday squad when Chiefs take on Stellenbosch at Orlando Stadium today (Sunday)