Bobby Motaung: ‘I Didn’t Steal Billiat from Anybody’

Johannesburg — Coachless PSL giants — Kaizer Chiefs have defended their capture of Khama Billiat from Mamelodi Sundowns – saying they did not steal the player – but it was his own decision to relocate to Naturena from Chloorkop.

Bobby Motaung has launched a salvo at his detractors accusing Amakhosi for snatching the Zimbabwean international from Sundowns.

“I didn’t steal him from anybody. Let’s clear up this factor also. We respect club protocols. Billiat was going overseas – he was a free agent, a free player fortunately.

“He is a talented player and a star. He had to make his choice and a decision. People love him, he is a star,” Motaung said.
Khama Billiat

Motaung added that Billiat is happy at Naturena.

“He is enjoying himself and he is happy. We don’t buy players to spy on other clubs, it can hurt you. He is coming to enjoy his game in a good environment and a good family. I think he fits in at the club.

“We respect Sundowns and their protocols, but the boy was going anywhere. He might have gone to Arrows, Chippa or the Arab countries. Fortunately we had the upper hand to sign him.”

Besides Billiat, the Glamour Boys have also recruited Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, Virgil Vries and Letlhogonolo Mirwa but a replacement for Steve Komphela remains elusive.

“When people are talking about teams buying nine and 10 players, Sundowns announcing Jali and everything, we had our plan and we stuck to it, and we will always do that,” Motaung said.

“We are not doing this to spy or compete with other clubs. He is a quality player, no one was going to say no and I don’t think we did this to spy on anybody.”

Orlando Pirates announced nine signings in June — bringing in the likes of Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vincent Pule, Ben Motshwari and Asavela Mbekile — while Sundowns won the race for Andile Jali’s signature last month to go with the acquisitions of Toni Silva and Jose Ali Meza.

Chiefs responded with the high-profile capture of Billiat from Downs, who offered the in-demand Zimbabwean a contract extension prior to his deal expiring at Chloorkop.


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