Khama Billiat has opened up on his role as a senior player in a new youthful Kaizer Chiefs squad.

As the club ushers in the reign of new head coach Arthur Zwane, Chiefs released 12 Players at the end of June.

Most of these players were out of contract or on the wrong side of 30, leaving a few remaining figures such as Itumeleng Khune (35), Eric Mathoho (32) Khama Billiat (31) and Sifiso Hlanti (32) to take up the role of senior players.

“Of course, it’s difficult to lose players that you spent so much time with. But it’s like that in football, it will always be like that. They added a lot of positives, but the team needed to change. We’ll miss them,” Billiat says.

“It was great to have those senior players that you could talk to. Not only about football, but when you just need to have a talk because they’ve gone through it and gone through the tough times, they could guide you.

“Now we find ourselves in a situation where we also have to give what we have learned and to make sure that we’re better leaders.”

At 31, Khama Billiat is going into his fifth season with Amakhosi and is now considered one of the club’s senior players. He appeared 29 times for the club last season with a contribution of eight goals and eight assists.

His experience will be crucial for Chiefs’ new youthful side that includes the likes of Mduduzi Shabalala, Njabulo Blom and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo among others.

Billiat proved to be instrumental in Chiefs’ last outing, setting up two of Amakhosi’s three goals as they breezed past Maritzburg United.

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