June 09 2017 – ZIMBABWEAN Mamelodi Sundowns team manager, Peter Ndlovu, is seemingly angered by reports that he allegedly attempted to block Khama Billiat from joining the Zimbabwe national team in their latest camp.
“The first thing is, I would like to tell you that Khama is here. People were saying he is not coming. As you know, Khama is injured. I have his medical history with me. I have everything with me. Just to give you a background of the old Zimbabwe setup with Sundowns, it’s a norm, when a player is called up, we request for travel arrangements so that we know where our player is and how we can arrange and facilitate so that he comes back as quickly as he can but Zifa did not send the travel arrangements to us, they sent the information to the player. That is the reality and true story,” says Ndlovu who is a Zimbabwean football legend himself.
“We acknowledged the call-up and said we need the itinerary to go with it. At the same time, we sent them the medical history. Khama has not been training for five weeks at Sundowns,” Ndlovu told Zimbabwe media.
Angered by the reports, the Downs’ official travelled with Billiat to Zimbabwe to clear the air about his alleged refusal to release the reigning PSL Footballer of the Season to the national team.
“As a Zimbabwean, why would I not want Khama to come and perform for the country? I want to win things. I want him to win things. Why would I shut him? Why would I shut Zimbabwe? For me, I am Zimbabwean, Khama is Zimbabwean and we must represent Zimbabwe and honour that,” says Ndlovu.
“I personally spoke to the team manager. There was another omission on the ticket sent to Khama. It had no date of return and he had to correct that,” was quoted on NewsDay.