JOHANNESBURG – Mamelodi Sundowns will begin life without Khama Billiat and Percy Tau in Lome on Tuesday, but that trip to Togo will only offer the side a glimpse and not the full picture of what’s coming.
That’s because the Brazilians could be without Toni Silva and Jose Ali Meza as they have to first register the duo in the Premier Soccer League before they can register them in the CAF Champions League. But even if they fail to register the pair in time for their clash against AS Togo-Port, there are plenty of personnel to take over the baton from Billiat and Tau.
The pair played an influential role in Sundowns winning the league last season. Billiat was directly involved in 15 of the 49 goals Sundowns scored in the Absa Premiership with eight goals and six assists while Tau was directly involved in 22 of those goals with 11 goals and 11 assists.
The pair's departure is a big loss for the club but coach Pitso Mosimane started preparing for their departure in January.
“They are two massive players who have been at the club for a long time,” Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie said. “They have been successful on a regular basis. But we saw glimpses of Gaston (Sirino) last season. He is starting to bang goals.