JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns forward, Khama Billiat, doesn't want to rush decisions about his future. Billiat will leave Sundowns when his contract expires at the end of June, but is yet to sign for a new club.
The mercurial Billiat has done it all in South Africa and is keen to find his new destination in Europe. His agent, Mike Ngobeni of M-Sport-Management has made it clear that they don't want to make rush decisions.
"We are still in June. The transfer window will only open in July. I get enquiries every day about Khama. He will be free at the end of the June. Why do you rush if you have more than 10 enquiries?" Ngobeni said. "We are not in a hurry. We need to take a right decision. It is not about money or taking the boy to the desert for the sake of money. His next move has got to cover all aspects."
Billiat has won multiple trophies during his tenure with Sundowns. The Zimbambean international boasts three Absa Premiership titles and Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup winners' medals.
In that period, Billiat has had the privilege of competing against the best of the best at the Fifa Club World Cup in 2016 and the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017. Billiat was the runner-up for the Caf Best African Player based in Africa award in 2016. His Sundowns teammate, goalkeeper Denis Onyango. walked away with the accolade.
"Khama wants to play in Europe. Having said that though, we can prevent local clubs from enquiring about him. Yes, clubs in South Africa have asked about his situation." Ngobeni stated. Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits are some of the clubs that are keen on Billiat, according to a highly placed source.
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"Khama is in the Cosafa Cup. Once the tournament finishes, then we will sit down with him and discuss the options. But like I said, we are not in a hurry. We won't rush because we can end up making a wrong decision. We have to take our time and think properly. Obviously, Khama is the one who will make the call. My role is to advise and he will make the decision," Ngobeni elaborated.
Billiat is looking to follow up on the footsteps of his former teammates Keagan Dolly and Bongani Zungu, who are all plying their trade in France.