In a response to the Zimbabwean Football Association’s claim that he blocked striker Khama Billiat to represent the national team, the Warriors legend Peter Ndlovu has clarified the saga.
The Mamelodi Sundowns team manager traveled to the country with the player as they wanted to clear the air between ZIFA and the African Champions League Champions.
Ndlovu says ZIFA did not communicate with the Tshwane giants, but talked directly to the player and that irked Pitso Mosimane’s men.
The former Sundowns, Coventry City and Sheffield United forward responded to the national team’s manager Wellington Mupandare who said Ndlovu was blocking Billiat from joining his international teammates in camp.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Ndlovu told reporters in Harare that Sundowns wasn’t lying to say Billiat was injured and, therefore, could not play a part on Sunday.
The former Warriors skipper said their misunderstanding with ZIFA could have emanated from the fact that the FA had sent the player’s travel arrangements directly to Billiat instead of to the club.
“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,” said Ndlovu to the News Day.
“I have everything with me. Just to give you a background of the old Zimbabwe set-up 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.
“So ZIFA did not send the travel arrangements to us (Sundowns), they sent the information to the player – that is the reality and true story.
“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.
“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.”
Source : Africanfootball