During the Kaizer Chiefs' match against AmaZulu, head coach Stuart Baxter revealed how the absence of Khama Billiat had hampered his team's performance.
After getting ill on the night of the game, the Zimbabwean international was unable to participate in Chiefs' 1-1 draw with Usuthu on Wednesday at FNB Stadium.
Baxter subsequently revealed that Billiat's absence resulted in Bernard Parker taking over as No. 9 and shifting from his position on the wing, where he had been excelling in recent weeks, to the center position.
Chiefs' coach, Baxter, responded to a question from the iDiski Times on how much the loss of Billiat has affected the team. "Bernard has been doing extremely well in that wider capacity," Baxter stated.
"His movement has been fantastic, and he's been getting into it." Now, he's been playing with his back to goal a lot tonight, and he's fought his way through it, but it wasn't the same as it used to be.
"Right now, we've got Leo Castro, Samir Nurkovic, and Khama out of the game, and Lebo (Manyama) is fighting his way back into it. So that's four top-tier guys who aren't there.
The fact that you miss fantastic players is not an excuse; it is simply sad. "Bernard is a very, very talented player, but I prefer him coming from that angle rather than playing back to goal.
"I'm simply hoping that Khama's sickness doesn't worsen at this point." I'm hopeful we'll be able to get a handle on it fast and make him at least physically fit enough to participate in the game."
The DStv Premiership continues on Sunday as Amakhosi travel to Dobsonville Stadium to face their neighbours Swallows FC.
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