Billiat, who was starting for the first time since recovering from an injury that had kept him out since January, grabbed the equaliser in the final Group C match away to Guinea giants, AC Horoya.
Khama Billiat proved why he remains a big game player, despite the challenges he has faced at Kaizer Chiefs, as he scored the priceless goal which sent the Amakhosi to their first-ever CAF Champions League quarter-final on Saturday.
The match ended 2-2, with both teams tied on nine points in Group C, behind group winners, Wydad Casablanca, of Morocco. But the Amakhosi went through to the quarter-finals, for the first time in their history, due to superior head-to-head advantage.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder scored the goal, worth its price in gold, in the 76th minute as Chiefs twice came from behind, to secure their place into the last eight.
Billiat’s former team, Mamelodi Sundowns, also made it into the last eight, on an historic weekend, for South African football.
This is the first time, in the history of South African football, that two clubs have advanced to the knockout stages of the competition, after the Brazilians won Group B, despite their surprise 0-2 defeat, to CR Belouizdad, on Friday.
Billiat has divided opinion, since his big move from Sundowns to Chiefs, three years ago. He had a brilliant run with Sundowns in this competition, winning gold in 2016, and also reaching the quarter-finals, the following season. That fine show in the CAF Champions League underlined his status as the Most Valuable Player in South Africa