Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat is relishing the new challenges the new season brings under new head coach Arthur Zwane.

Amakhosi are looking to a new dawn with the club’s director of football Kaizer Motaung Junior having brought some rejuvenation to the first team in the off-season.

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The shake-up saw the average age of the squad reduced with a raft of exits while also bringing in a number of new, fresh faces to the squad.

Billiat, who is headed into his fifth season at Naturena, believes this is one of the better squads they’ve had heading into a new season, which he is optimistic will be a great one.

“We’ve got very, very good players around this time around, I feel. It’s very positive from our training session, even [in terms of] communication, they are easy guys to talk to and they are very good people, which just makes everything easy. We’re looking forward to a great season,” Billiat told the media.

Despite the addition of several exciting attackers in the off-season, one missing piece from Chiefs’ arsenal remains an out-and-out striker, which coach Arthur Zwane has spoken openly about, but Billiat insists he and his teammates up front can cope with the demands.

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“I think just understanding that you don’t need to be big to be leading the line. Sometimes you need to be smart, understand the people around you and I think we’ve got good players that have that ability of good understanding,” he added.

“Ashley [is] an amazing striker, so it’s a big plus for the team and we just need to work on how we’re going to take on this season, how we’re going to strategize when things get tough – what do we do, how do we do it, and know how to manage ourselves as well.

“We need to understand that when we see someone needs help, we need to be selfless in doing that for the team.”

By Chad Klate

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