Khama Billiat abandons dreams of playing in Europe, signs for Kaizer Chiefs


Zimbabwe Digital News

South African football giants Kaizer Chiefs has announced the signing of Zimbabwean attacking midfielder Khama Billiat whose contract at Sundowns ended this month.

In one of the biggest transfer coups of the preseason to the 2018-19 season‚ Amakhosi announced on the club website that they had landed the 27-year-old Zimbabwean star, ending weeks of speculation over the future of the midfielder, just two weeks after he played a key role in the Zimbabwe Warriors winning the Cosafa Cup in Polokwane.

Chiefs also announced at the same time that they had signed Madagascar international midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dux’ Hasina Andrianarimanana and defender Letlhogonolo Mirwa from ABC Motsepe League team Buya Msuthu FC.

Billiat joins Chiefs from from Mamelodi Sundowns on a three year contract with an option of one further year.

Left-back Mirwa is signed from ABC Motsepe league side Buya Msuthu FC on a three year deal (with an option of a further year), while another offensive midfielder, Andrianarimanana comes from Fosa Juniors FC from Madagascar and joins on a two year contract with an option of one more year.

Andrianarimanana was selected as the best player of the recently finished 2018 Cosafa Cup, which was held in South Africa.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome these players into the Kaizer Chiefs family,” the club’s Football Manager Bobby Motaung announced. Further announcements on players would follow as well on the new coach, the club said.

The confirmation that Billiat had signed for Chiefs puts paid to earlier reports that the star was getting offers to play in Europe “everyday”. Two weeks ago his agent Mike Ngobeni told newspapers that Billiat had been there and done that in South Africa, and the best option for the player going forward, was a move to Europe.

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.

Billiat was the Premier Soccer League’s Footballer and Player’s Player of the Season when Sundowns won the Absa Premiership in 2015-16.

He was the star player in Downs’ 2016 Caf Champions League victory and brings desperately-needed class to Chiefs‚ who have not won a trophy in their past three seasons.

Earlier in the year he was linked to a move to Saudi Arabia, where he could have potentially tripled his salary at Sundowns, but other PSL teams were monitoring the situation with keen interest, and the move to Chiefs puts an end to the speculation.


See also:

Khama Billiat move to Europe looks likely as he is ‘…getting offers everyday’

Khama Billiat wanted a salary that would destabilise harmony in the dressing room: Patrice Motsepe

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