Khama Billiat: Why he Signed for Chiefs not Pirates

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe international Khama Billiat will face Orlando Pirates, the team that first wanted to sign him away from Mamelodi Sundowns - but the deal broke down due to unknown reasons. 

According to media, Billiat refused a R2 million signing on fee, triggering speculation that Chiefs put a better deal on the table. 

But, Pirates have a different version, altogether.

“We had lots of talks with Khama, myself and the player. We were very close to bringing him to the black and white. But we decided to protect the changing room more than anything else.”

The gaffer said the decision came after considering factors like injuries.
Khama Billiat

“The ratio between the expense, and when I say expense I am not only talking about the salary because I heard a lot of talk about that. But the expense with regards to injuries, and certain other factors and for the profit that we thought we would get, we thought it did not make sense (to sign the player),” Mokwena added.

While Pirates apparently decided against signing Billiat due to his “deteriorating form” at Sundowns, if the claims by Mokwena are anything to go by, the midfielder has since regained top form at Amakhosi.

The high-flying Billiat has settled in well at his new home, scoring five goals and dishing four assists in the 13 appearances he has made in all competitions so far this season. His exploits have seen him winning the ABSA Premiership September Player of the Month.

Kaizer Chiefs supporters are now trooping back to the stadiums as their team is once again playing with the zest they are known for, with Billiat at the thick of things.

Billiat is also set to play a key role in the Soweto Derby on Saturday. He is in such devastating form that the entire Orlando Pirates team are wary of his instinctive skills which could decide one of the biggest derbies in the continent.

While Billiat will line up for Amakhosi along with veteran compatriot Willard Katsande as well as Teenage Hadebe, other Zimbabweans Kuda Mahachi and Marshal Munetsi will be hoping to triumph in Pirates colours as the five countrymen take part in the famous encounter.

So much will be at stake as the two biggest teams in the South African Premiership will be chasing more than just three points.

Meanwhile, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says his side will need to be at their best to overcome rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby on Saturday.

"Everyone knows what the Derby means and entering into it with a clean sheet from the week before is good, but in the same moment we cannot be blind,".

"We have eyes and we saw what happened on the field. We believe that we walked a very tight rope, that in any moment things could have happened differently to how it ended.

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