Khama Billiat delighted as Kaizer Chiefs advance to Champions League group stage

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Khama Billiat is delighted that Kaizer Chiefs have qualified for the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

Amakhosi earned a 1-0 victory over Angolan champions Primeiro de Agosto on Tuesday to secure a 1-0 aggregate win and progress to the group stage.

Billiat was instrumental in the success as he provided the decisive assist with a cross from the left flank which Leonardo Castro put away to clinch the win.

"It's a great feeling. I think credit goes to the technical team and the entire team for their preparation‚ and us coming here with the charter flight – we really appreciated it‚" Billiat said, as quoted by TimesLive.

"And the whole effort that the chairman [Kaizer Motaung] is putting into the guys‚ and everyone.

"It's really important for us as well to go and test ourselves with the rest of the Champions League giants.

"It gives us confidence as well going back to our domestic competitions‚ and we really want to go all the way.

"We want to make a difference‚ and push ourselves to the limit and see how far we can progress in Africa.

"It's really important and we give credit to the guys.

"We worked so hard‚ we stuck to the plan and it wasn't easy. It's going to be very tough but we can only learn and grow as a team‚ and make sure we gel together and fight for one another."

More impressively, Chiefs were without the likes of Lebohang Manyama‚ Willard Katsande, and Itumeleng Khune on Tuesday.

"Ja‚ it shows the quality that we have. Everyone is important. We really need to step up when they're [senior players] not around‚ we really need to do what they were going to do‚" Billiat added.

"And we speak to them on the phone‚ they motivate us in the group‚ they're part of the team and we are together.

"It really means a lot. They give us confidence and calm us down just sending their motivational texts on the [WhatsApp] group.

"And we really know we need to fight for them‚ because we know that if they had been here they would do the same."

- TEAMtalk media

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