Billiat - 'The fans have been patient'
Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat hopes to bring joy to the Amakhosi faithful by bringing home the Nedbank Cup after a 4-2 victory over Chippa United in Saturday's semi-final.
Billiat walked away with the man-of-the-match award after assisting Bernard Parker for Chiefs' third before putting gloss on the proceedings with a wonder strike in the closing stages.
After an underwhelming performance in other competitions, including the Absa Premiership where Chiefs sit in seventh position, Billiat said winning their first piece of silverware in three years is the least the fans deserved.
Amakhosi now have the opportunity to do just that after beating Chippa in a six-goal thriller to set up a Nedbank Cup final date with NFD outfit TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 18.
"Firstly, I want to thank the coach, I want to thank God, I want to thank the chairman and Amakhosi supporters that have been patient with us," Billiat told Supersport TV.
"It hasn't been a great season but they deserve something.
"Hopefully we won't just be part of the final. We want to take it home. The fans deserve better. We want to boost confidence for next season.
"This award is for our supporters. It really means a lot to us the support they give us throughout the games even if sometimes we have bad games. But they are always there for us, giving us confidence.
"I always knew that this is a team to win trophies with. We don't want to get carried away. We have to prepare, we still have games in between Hopefully when it comes to the final we are all ready to give the fans a smile at the end of the final."
When asked about his wonder strike, which is up there with one of the contenders for goal of the season, the Zimbabwean replied:
"I want to thank George Maluleka for setting up the ball nicely. We showed character, professionalism. We were down but we didn't show that. We kept on knocking,
"I just want to give thanks to my teammates. They are unbelievable to work with," added the 28-year-old.