JOHANNESBURG - Khama Billiat has received the best endorsement a player can wish for following his move to Kaizer Chiefs from Mamelodi Sundowns. The Zimbabwean superstar has been handed the number 11 jersey at Amakhosi, and the man who made it the club’s most famous approves.
“I would have also given it (the jersey) to him because I know he will do it justice,” said Chiefs legend Teenage Dladla who wore the jersey in the 80s. “Khama is something special, he is a very good player.”
Ironically now working for Sundowns, Dladla believes that Billiat is far from over the hill as some clearly bitter fans of his former club have been suggesting since his move from Chloorkop to Naturena.
“Look, I think he will do wonders for Chiefs just like he did here at Sundowns. You just need to look at what happened in that Shell (Helix) Cup. Chiefs lost the game (against Sundowns) but he still won the man of the match award. That tells you just how special a player he is because it is rare, generally the man of the match goes to the winning team.”
Whereas in football it is the number 10 jersey that is the most revered, at Chiefs it is the number 11 which Dladla elevated to lofty heights during Amakhosi’s heydays in the 80s. Slight of built, just like the Zimbabwean Billiat, Dladla was always a menace for the opposition - his dribbling skills and ability to take opposition on second to none.