By IOL and TimesLive
Zimbabwe’s Mamelodi Sundowns forward, Khama Billiat, doesn’t want to rush decisions about his future, but one thing is for certain: Billiat will leave Sundowns when his contract expires at the end of this month, but is yet to sign for a new club.
Billiat is currently doing duty for the Zimbabwe Warriors at the Cosafa Cup in Polokwane where Zimbabwe will play in the final against Zambia this weekend, and speculation is following the mercurial winger with every touch of the ball.
Billiat has done it all in South Africa and is keen to find his new destination in Europe. His agent, Mike Ngobeni of M-Sport-Management has made it clear that they don’t want to make rush decisions.
“We are still in June. The transfer window will only open in July. I get enquiries every day about Khama. He will be free at the end of the June. Why do you rush if you have more than 10 enquiries?” Ngobeni told newspapers this week. “We are not in a hurry. We need to take a right decision. It is not about money or taking the boy to the desert for the sake of money. His next move has got to cover all aspects.”
Billiat has won multiple trophies during his tenure with Sundowns, and boasts three Absa Premiership titles and Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup winners’ medals.
Been there, done that
In that period, Billiat has had the privilege of competing against the best of the best at the Fifa Club World Cup in 2016 and the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017. He was the runner-up for the Caf Best African Player based in Africa award in 2016. His Sundowns teammate, goalkeeper Denis Onyango inexplicably walked away with the accolade.
“Khama wants to play in Europe. Having said that though, we can prevent local clubs from enquiring about him. Yes, clubs in South Africa have asked about his situation.” Ngobeni stated. Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits are some of the clubs that are keen on Billiat, according to sources.
“Khama is in the Cosafa Cup. Once the tournament finishes, then we will sit down with him and discuss the options. But like I said, we are not in a hurry. We won’t rush because we can end up making a wrong decision. We have to take our time and think properly. Obviously, Khama is the one who will make the call. My role is to advise and he will make the decision,” Ngobeni elaborated.
Billiat is looking to follow up on the footsteps of his former teammates Keagan Dolly and Bongani Zungu, who are all plying their trade in France.
A move to Europe
Newspapers reported this week that Billiat will only move to Europe if it is to a club that he feels fits his needs in having ambition‚ and that is in an acceptable league.
The player and Sundowns have indicated he will not renew his contract‚ but at 27 Billiat is running out of time for a move to Europe. “Obviously for every player it’s a dream to play overseas. I want to play overseas for the right reason. I don’t want to be there because I’m getting old. I want to be there because I deserve to be there.
“I want to be there because my talent allows me to be there. And I want to be there also to go to certain clubs and certain countries that‚ also‚ I believe I want to be in.
“Not just be there because it’s Europe‚ and not be happy and the next thing I’m back.”
Asked if he has had concrete offers‚ Billiat said: “My manager [Mike Ngobeni] says that there are a few‚ but he didn’t want to tell me about them. He wanted me to be here‚ with the national team and focus.”
Sundowns coach Mosimane from five years ago converted Billiat from the young‚ inconsistent forward with potential who signed from Ajax Cape Town into a Premier Soccer League Footballer of the Season and Caf Champions League winner.
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