Khama Billiat has announced that he is retiring from playing for the Zimbabwean national team.
Billiat, who recently captained the Warriors in their 1-0 defeat to Bafana Bafana in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, has brought an end to his international career in an emotional letter posted on his social media pages.
He thanked his fellow Zimbabweans and national team members for the support they have shown him throughout the years, stating that it’s now time to pave way for new talent to serve Zimbabwe the same way he did during his nine-year period with the senior national team.
The 31-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns player made his senior national team debut against Mali in a Africa Cup of Nations qualifier back in 2011 and has gone on to represent the Warriors at the continental showpiece.
It was all a dream. When I was young, I always dreamt of representing the country, playing for the national team.
The dream which seemed far-fetched for a young Khama in Mufakose came when I least expected it.
The first day I donned the Warriors badge, I vowed to enjoy myself and always lift the country’s spirits.
Scoring a goal at the Africa Cup of Nations finals is one moment I still relive in my mind even up to date. It is one of the many special moments I have experienced wearing the coveted yellow jersey.
The feeling of scoring in a packed stadium for your nation is inexplicable. I have met so many teammates, coaches at the national team and I appreciate every relationship I have built along the way. By playing for the Warriors, I have improved immensely as a player it is an opportunity I will forever cherish.
However, every story no matter how beautiful has an ending. This is probably the heaviest decision I have ever had to take in my life, but it is a decision I make with a patriotic heart.
Like those who had to pave way for our generation of Warriors stars to emerge, I have decided to retire from international football.
I believe it is now time for me to pave way for new talent to blossom and serve the country in the same way that I did, or even better.
I will forever be indebted to those who took a chance on me and moulded me into the international player I grew to become. Thank you Zimbabwe for supporting me and my teammates, for showing love with each outing.
God bless you.
— Official Khama Billiat (@khama_Billiat11) November 15, 2021