- New Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat faced his old club Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday
- The Zimbabwean-born striker thanked his new teammates for supporting him in the lead up to the match
- Billiat said facing an old club was always tough but usually brought out the best in him
New Kaizer Chief recruit Khama Billiat faced his former club Mamelodi Sundowns for the first time on Saturday when he took to the field in the inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup. Billiat said facing an old club and old teammates was always tough but usually brought out the best in him.
The Zimbabwean born striker thanked his Kaizer Chiefs teammates for supporting and providing him with courage ahead of the much-anticipated match.
Billiat said playing against an old club provided its own unique set of challenges because the players on the opposite team know his style of play, he added said that forced him to play slightly differently which often times led to him performing better.
Briefly.co.za gathered that whether Billiat was named as the man of the match even though his side lost the match 2-1 against a rampant Mamelodi Sundowns.
Kickoff.co.za reported that despite the loss Billiat remained upbeat and said he believed Kaizer Chiefs would go on to achieve great things in the 2018/19 season.
Billiat said he had been welcomed at Kaizer Chief by all the players and staff and already felt like he had been with the glamour outfit for years.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Billiat is thought to be the highest-paid player in the South African soccer fraternity. It is believed that he takes home around R10 million per year which compares pretty well with Percy Tau’s R25 million per year (before tax of up to 45%) salary at his new European club Brighton Hove and Albion.
Billiat said his wages were only part of the reason for signing with Kaizer Chiefs. He said when the club’s football manager Bobby Motaung paid a personal visit to his family in Zimbabwe he immediately signed the contract.
Billiat spent five highly successful seasons with Mamelodi Sundowns, but after winning pretty much everything in South Africa and Africa there is to win he decided it was time for a change and a new challenge.
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