Kaizer Chiefs have returned a 100% win record so far in the new season without the use of star forward Khama Billiat, and may have to see out the rest of the season sans his services, with links to his former club all but confirmed.
The Zimbabwean international did not feature in the club’s two opening league fixtures, where they beat Highlands Park and Black Leopards to jump to the top of the league standings.
However, all indications are that he could turn up in the colours of Mamelodi Sundowns before the transfer window closes on 31 August.
Sundowns fix for sensational Khama Billiat coup
Yogesh Singh, a senior official at the nine-time PSL champions recently confirmed to Soccer Laduma, that the club is currently engaged in a bid to lure the player back to Chloorkop, just a little over a year since he left on a free transfer.
“This is a sensitive matter, and we have mutual respect for Kaizer Chiefs – so I won’t be disclosing too much information. But what I can tell you is that we have been in ongoing discussions for some time now about Khama Billiat,” he told the publication.
Billiat’s absence from Chiefs’ PSL campaign had raised eyebrows, with speculation over the move back to Sundowns flaring up.
According to coach Ernst Middendorp, the player had sustained a knee injury while on national duty in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations.
Very little regarding the potential transfer has been offered up by his current club up to this point.
However, Singh says Sundowns are doing whatever it takes to get the player back.
“What I can say is that the transfer window ends on August 31 and obviously all over the world players are moving during this period and it is no different here. If there’s no movement beyond that, then it is what it is. And the respect between the two clubs will remain.”
Khama Billiat left Mamelodi Sundowns in June 2018, after close to five years at the club.
During his stay in Chloorkop, he helped the Tshwane giants to three league titles, two domestic trophies, as well as the 2016 Caf Champions League crown.
At Kaizer Chiefs, he finished as the club’s leading goal scorer in his only season so far – in what was a disappointing campaign where they finished trophyless and missed out on a place in the coveted top eight.
Billiat is expected back in action when Chiefs host Supersport United at FNB Stadium later in the month.
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